The Burgess Hill Western Gateway and Stations Improvements schemes are part of the Mid Sussex Growth Deal. The schemes are a £4.67 million investment in delivering sustainable transport and improvement to public spaces through Burgess Hill town centre and Wivelsfield Station.
They are priority projects within the ongoing delivery of the wider Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme. This is a package of projects being delivered by both Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) and West Sussex County Council (WSCC) to deliver safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and high quality public spaces.
Improvements made through the Western Gateway and Stations Improvement schemes, together with links to the wider network provided by the Place and Connectivity Programme, will enable travellers to use modes of transport other than cars for short distance and commuting trips. This will relieve congestion on the town's existing road network, improving road safety and journey times.
The Burgess Hill Western Gateway and Stations Improvement scheme is a key element of the Burgess Hill Strategic Growth Programme and will:
- improve access to and within the town centre, ensuring development is connected to key facilities, particularly for pedestrians and cycles
- create safe, direct and attractive routes to encourage greater use of walking, cycling and public transport
- enhance the quality of facilities for public transport interchange at Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield stations
- provide capacity improvement and alter junctions, taking into account the level of development and expected changes in traffic volumes, with improved public realm on the Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Station Road corridor.
The scheme will also support the local, regional and national recovery from the impact of COVID-19 in providing pedestrian and cycle infrastructure links between key destinations in Burgess Hill. This will encourage changing travel patterns for local journeys and give access to new homes and jobs.
Public engagement and decision making
The schemes seek to deliver aspirations contained within the Burgess Hill Town-wide Strategy and the Burgess Hill Neighbourhood Plan.
Public Engagement on the Place and Connectivity Programme and the Western Gateway and Stations Improvements took place in May and June 2020. Engagement has now concluded and you can read the engagement report on the BurgessHill.net website.
A key executive decision in October 2021 approved the tender for a contractor to deliver the Western Gateway and Stations Improvements schemes. This was awarded to Landbuild Ltd in January 2022. The project team have now finalised the detailed design.
Location of the schemes
The Western Gateway and Burgess Hill Stations scheme extends from the B2036 London Road to the B2133 Keymer Road including Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Station Road and the Keymer Road roundabout. It will also deliver surface water drainage improvements in Queens Crescent.
The Wivelsfield Station scheme extends from the Junction Road / Leylands Road junction through to the existing signalled pedestrian crossing to the west of the railway underpass.
Detailed maps and plans can be found in the supporting documents below, as well as FAQS providing further detail about the schemes and phasing of works.
Work will commence on 27 June 2022, starting in Station Road in the vicinity of Mill Road and Grove Road. Work is planned to complete over a number of phases within 9-12 months.
We will provide regular weekly updates on progress once works commence.