A2300 corridor improvements scheme

Details of the development and implementation of the A2300 corridor improvements scheme in Burgess Hill.

(Position at 30 July 2021)

Latest update

We need to maintain the temporary traffic lights at Cuckfield Road roundabout for another two weeks due to recent heavy rain which has delayed our progress. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

The A2300 will be closed overnight on Sunday 1 August from 8.00pm to 6.00am to allow us to install new road markings at Cuckfield Road roundabout.

Please find below an update on the current status of the works and planned works for the forthcoming week commencing Monday 2 August.

Works completed this week:

Cuckfield Road roundabout works

  • Construction of new roundabout foundation to the south/east corner.
  • Installation of new drainage system.
  • Installation of new temporary give way markings to roundabout approaches.

A2300

  • Installation of new concrete drainage channel in the central reservation.
  • Construction of new road foundation at Pookbourne Lane.
  • Installation of new drainage between Pookbourne Lane and Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Installation of new drainage between Cuckfield Road and Ricebridge Services roundabouts.
  • Preparation of central reservation area ahead of installation of new safety barrier.
  • Installation of new street light ducting.

Works planned for week commencing 2 August 2021:

Cuckfield Road roundabout works

  • Replacement of road foundation due to the recent heavy rain.
  • Installation of the new surfacing to the south/east corner.
  • Installation of new kerbs.
  • Installation of new temporary give way markings.

A2300

  • Installation of new surface water drainage between Pookbourne Lane and Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Installation of new road foundation between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Construction of new central reservation between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Construction of new combined footway/cycleway between new Northern Arc and Cuckfield Road roundabouts.
  • Construction of new combined footway/cycle way between Ricebridge Services roundabout and Stairbridge Lane.
  • Installation of new kerbs at Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Installation of new drainage gullies between Cuckfield Road roundabout and Pookbourne Lane.
  • Installation of new street lighting between Ricebridge Services roundabout and Stairbridge Lane.

Further updates on works progress will be provided here.

Background

The A2300 links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 strategic road corridor and is an important route for people commuting to and from Burgess Hill.

In 2011, Mid Sussex District Council’s Transport Study identified that the A2300 would require improvements to increase its capacity to support the planned development in Burgess Hill. West Sussex County Council (WSCC) subsequently commissioned a feasibility study to explore possible improvement options.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (C2C LEP) identified Burgess Hill as a priority in its 2014 Strategic Economic Plan with the objective of generating economic growth through housing and employment.

£17m has recently been approved by central government through the C2CLEP Local Growth Deal as a contribution to the A2300 corridor improvements scheme. WSCC is the scheme promoter and responsible for delivering the scheme.

Proposed scheme

The proposed scheme, based on the outcomes of the options assessment process, traffic forecasting and economic assessment, is the upgrade of the existing single carriageway road to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout. It will involve the construction of a two-lane new carriageway immediately north of the existing road which will become the new eastbound carriageway. In addition, other changes will also be introduced, which will involve:

  • modifications to the existing carriageway to form the new westbound carriageway
  • modifications to the existing roundabouts with the A23 at Hickstead and Cuckfield Road to allow for the dualling
  • closure of the central reserve at the Pookbourne Lane/Stairbridge Lane junction and conversion to a ‘left-in/left-out’ arrangement
  • left-out only arrangement at Bishopstone Lane junction
  • a 2.5m-wide central reservation with vehicle restraint barrier
  • improvement to access arrangements on the south side of the A2300
  • associated surface water drainage, landscaping and planting measures.

The proposed scheme also provides opportunities for more journeys to be made by cycling and walking through the provision of:

  • a 3m-wide shared use footpath and cycle path on the north-side between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout
  • a 2.5m-wide shared use footpath and cycle path on the south-side of the A2300 between the A23 and Pookbourne Lane/Stairbridge Lane junction and also between Bishopstone Lane and Cuckfield Road roundabout.
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Scheme aim

The primary aim of the proposed scheme is to support delivery of the C2C’s Strategic Economic Plan and the Mid Sussex District Plan by enabling the delivery of new homes and jobs in Burgess Hill.

Scheme cost

The estimated cost for the proposed scheme is £23m and it is jointly funded by the Department for Transport, developer’s contributions and WSCC.

Public engagement

A public engagement was completed in autumn 2018.

Supporting documents

 
Last updated:
30 July 2021
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