The Department for Transport is investing £17m in the A2300 improvement at Burgess Hill, UK, to reduce congestion, and enable journeys to become quicker and greener.
The A2300 improvement scheme has been designed to reduce congestion and support growth in the UK region of West Sussex. Communities in West Sussex are set to benefit from quicker and safer journeys thanks to a new road upgrade.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere has announced a £17m investment
£17m investment in the A2300 improvement scheme, was announced earlier this week by Transport Minister Baroness Vere.
The A2300 improvement, worth £22m in total, not only plans to reduce congestion, but also plans to improve safety by converting a 2.5km section of the existing road to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout.
Reduce congestion and improve infrastructure
“This government is committed to boosting transport links for communities up and down the country.” Said Transport Minister Baroness Vere.
“This transformative road scheme will not only save drivers time, but will also mean more homes, more shared footpaths, and more cycleways – boosting journeys for all.”
The scheme links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 and is a vital route for commuters, who usually experience congestion and delays. The upgrades will also see the addition of new walking and cycling paths, improve smart mobility and will allow over 3,500 new houses to be built along the route, by providing a key link between the planned development at Burgess Hill and the London to Brighton corridor.
“Helping to unlock significant development opportunities”
At its peak, it is estimated over 20,000 vehicles use the road daily. Without the upgrade, traffic flows are expected to grow by 40% over the next two decades.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure Roger Elkins added: “This is the excellent news we have been waiting for and puts the scheme on course for starting on site this spring.
“The scheme will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to a dual carriageway, helping to unlock significant development opportunities, reduce congestion, and bring many other benefits to the area, including providing new walking and cycling facilities.”
When will the scheme begin?
This is the latest in the government’s drive to improve links and level up infrastructure for communities across the UK and follows the announcement of a £5bn funding package to overhaul bus and cycle links around the UK.
Work on the scheme is expected to start in the spring, with the road expected to be open in winter 2021.
The new road is just one of a number of projects in West Sussex including the Crawley Growth Programme and the major station improvements at Gatwick.