We are to be asked for our views on the first phase of a major project aimed at tackling future congestion between Eastbourne and Hailsham.
Feedback will help influence designs for improvement work to roads, cycle lanes and bus lanes around Hailsham, Polegate, Willingdon and Eastbourne.
The work, expected to take place during 2018-20, will be part of a wider scheme that will address the impact from planned housing and commercial development in the area.
Karl Taylor, East Sussex County Council’s assistant director for operations, said, “Demand for new housing and commercial development in the south Wealden and Eastbourne area is predicted to lead to a significant increase in traffic levels on our roads.
“If we do nothing, we will end up heavily congested roads which will do nothing for the county’s economy and cause major problems for residents and visitors to East Sussex.”
He added, “This scheme gives us the opportunity to act before we reach the levels of congestion expected, as well as focus our attention on improving access to public transport and conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.”
The consultation into phase one, which runs from Friday 15 September to Friday 15 November, covers proposals for:
- The junction of Wannock Road, High Street and Eastbourne Road in Polegate
- Eastbourne Road
- Willingdon Road cycle route
- Park Avenue cycle route
- Victoria Drive bus lane
The estimated cost for the first phase of the scheme is £2million which will be met by funding from central Government’s Local Growth Fund, Community Infrastructure Levy and other development contributions.
Members of the public can find out more about the proposals at one of two staffed exhibitions taking place in this month:
- Friday 15 September between 6pm and 8pm at Willingdon Community School
- Saturday 16 September between 10am and 3pm at Willingdon Community School
- Friday 22 September between 5pm and 8pm at Ratton School, Eastbourne
- Saturday 23 September between 10am to 3pm at Ratton School, Eastbourne
Anyone unable to attend an exhibition can find out more and leave feedback online when the consultation begins next Friday (15 September).
Further consultations will be held for future phases of the scheme, although no timescale has been set as the availability of funding and the priority of phases will need to be taken into account.