Highways England are seeking your views on their proposals to improve the A27 East of Lewes.

As you know I have been working on this for years, and continue to do so.  The package of proposals that the ring-fenced £75 million that was included in the government’s 2015 – 2020 Road Investment Strategy will focus on;

  • Selmeston section
  • Drusillas Roundabout
  • Wilmington junction
  • Polegate junction
  • Corridor-wide facilitate for pedestrians, cyclists and other non-car users.

Click here for Highway England’s brochure for the proposed scheme ‘East of Lewes improvement scheme’;

The Survey can be completed by clicking here;

The A27 East of Lewes consultation ends on 8th December, about the proposed schemes for the £75m I helped secure as part of the current road investment strategy.  All the links you need to contribute to the consultation are here.

Helpfully the Eastbourne and District Chamber of Commerce have put together a document with a summary of the proposals and the Chamber’s position.

There have been a series of consultation events around the town – if you didn’t make them you can see the exhibition displays here and the exhibition panels here.

Of course this is all very well, and we need to seek the wins we can with this budget – but nothing must stand in the way of the bigger picture, securing a new road.  That is what I dedicate much of my time to (as have many predecessors over the last 30 years). Sussex MPs are united in our ambition for a new road, and this has been made crystal clear to the Department of Transport and the Treasury.

This can only be secured if we get a business case prepared, and we have new contributions to make to that for Phase 2 monies. Alongside my determination in this, and belief in our case, what I do need to flag up is the timescale: public consultations, potential public enquiries and planning all mean that road building takes years to deliver.