A2300 corridor improvements scheme

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

(Position at 16 April 2021)

Latest update

The junction of Bishopstone Lane with the A2300 will remain closed until Friday 14 May. We are reconfiguring the junction layout to a new ‘exit-only’ arrangement ahead of Phase 3 works. The diversion route is via Jobs Lane whilst these works are taking place.

The one lane closure of the A23 southbound slip road will remain until next week. This is to allow us to construct the tie in to Ricebridge Services roundabout.

The A2300 will be closed for two nights from 8.00pm till 5.00am on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 April. This is to allow us to construct the tie in to Ricebridge Services roundabout. We wish to apologise that it could be noisy as we prepare for the surfacing works.

The junction of Pookbourne Lane with the A2300 will be closed from Tuesday 4 May for approximately two months. This is to allow us to reconfigure the junction layout. The diversion route is via A2300 eastwards, right at Cuckfield Road roundabout onto Cuckfield Road south, right onto Mill Lane/ Northend Lane.

Please find below an update on the current status of the works and planned works for the forthcoming week starting Monday 19 April.

Works completed this week:

Phase 2 - A2300 Main Line

  • Installation of new in-situ concrete drainage channel east of Cuckfield Road roundabout and near Ricebridge Services roundabout.
  • Continue trimming of new road foundation east of Cuckfield Road roundabout.
  • Placing of new road surfacing between the balancing pond and Cuckfield Road roundabout and east of Cuckfield Road roundabout.
  • Completion of drainage installation near Ricebridge Services roundabout.

Works planned for week commencing 19 April 2021:

Phase 2 - A2300 Main Line

  • Installation of new road surfacing between Stairbridge Lane and Cuckfield Road roundabout.
  • Installation of new road foundation from Cuckfield Road roundabout to the eastern end of the scheme.
  • Working to the verges between Stairbridge Lane and Bishopstone Lane and from Cuckfield Road roundabout to the eastern end of the scheme.
  • Construction of new combined cycleway/footway from Ricebridge Services roundabout to 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:
16 April 2021
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