The UK’s Department of Transport has announced that it is investing £17m to upgrade A2300 road corridor at Burgess Hill in West Sussex.
The improvement is expected to reduce congestion, improve reliability for drivers and is claimed to support growth in the region.
Worth £22m in total, the A2300 improvement will include the conversion of a 2.5km section of the existing road into a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout.
The upgrade will ink Burgess Hill to the A23/M23, which is often the route taken by commuters who face congestion and delays. Under the upgrade, new walking and cycling paths will be also be added.
Other improvements which will be made include modifying the existing carriageway to form the new westbound carriageway, modifying the existing roundabouts on A23 at Hickstead and Cuckfield Road to allow for the dualling.
Central reserve at Pookbourne Lane/Stairbridge Lane junction will be closed and converted to ‘left-in/left-out’ arrangement. The ‘left-out only’ arrangement will be at Bishopstone Lane junction. A 2.5m wide central reservation with vehicle restraint barrier will be built.
Surface water drainage and planting measures will be built as part of the upgrade.
The upgrade will also allow more than 3,500 new houses to be built along the route, linking the planned development at Burgess Hill and the London to Brighton corridor.
When completed, the improved road will be used by more than 20,000 vehicles on a daily basis. Without the upgrade, traffic flows are expected to grow by 40% in the next 20 years.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “This government is committed to boosting transport links for communities up and down the country.
“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.”
Work on the road upgrade is expected to begin this spring and is anticipated to be completed by the winter of 2021.
The improvement is one of the several projects in West Sussex including the Crawley Growth Programme and station improvements at Gatwick.
West Sussex County Council Highways and Infrastructure Cabinet Member Roger Elkins said: “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.”
Image: UK DOT to upgrade A23 at West Sussex. (Credit: Crown copyright.)