£17 million will be invested on the A2300 improvement scheme in West Sussex.
It is part of the commitment of the Department for Transport (DfT) to reduce congestion, cut traffic jams and make journeys both quicker and safer in the area thanks to this upgrade.
The investment for the A2300 was announced by Baroness Vere, Transport Minister; worth £22 million in total, the scheme will change safety and congestion for the better by converting a stretch – 2.5km in length – of the existing road into a dual carriageway between the A23 and proposed Northern Arc roundabout.
Baroness Vere explained how this ‘transformative’ scheme will improve journeys for motorists and pedestrians.
“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.”
It is clear that work is needed on the A2300 when it is considered that more than 20,000 vehicles use the road each day at its peak, and without this vital work, traffic flows are predicted to increase by 40% over the next two decades.
Add to the fact that the scheme, which links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23, is important for commuters, who often face congestion and delays.
Walking and cycling paths will be included as part of the upgrade, which also feeds into the government commitment to increasing the activity of people and giving them viable alternatives to driving.
It follows the announcement to improve bus and cycle links throughout the country and Roger Elkins, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, added: “This is the excellent news we have been waiting for and puts the scheme on course for starting on site this spring.”
The road should be open in winter 2021.