Construction of a new road, worth millions of pounds, is set to transform the economy in Sussex, making highways suitable and creating hundreds of jobs.
The Newhaven Port access road scheme will be created, costing £23 million.
By investing in the Newhaven Port access road scheme – which has benefited from £10 million in funding from the government – it will give HGV drivers access to more suitable roads while simultaneously preserving the area’s crucial role in transporting goods internationally and around the UK.
This support, and the wider £23 million project will create direct access into the East Quay area of Newhaven Port, taking HGVs away from two roads that are unsuitable for heavy vehicles.
This is important too because hauliers have understandably complained in the past about the state of some of the roads they have to use, bemoaning their conditions.
By taking HGVs off those roads, the economy of Sussex will be indirectly boosted too, because the previously used roads will need maintaining much less regularly than they would if HGVs were using them daily.
And now, a fit for purpose link road will be constructed to support this vital industry.
The project will create over 430 jobs for its construction, while indirectly, a further 1,430 jobs will be supported.
In addition, it will help to unlock an extra 80,000 square metres of business space, boosting the economies of Newhaven and Sussex even further.
Nusrat Ghani is the Transport Minister. She said: “Newhaven Port was one of my first visits as Maritime Minister and that is why I am delighted that we are investing in improvements to the road connections between our key economic areas and our ports.
“This scheme will reduce the number of lorries on currently busy local roads – making life easier for others using the roads.
“The new access road will create hundreds of new jobs, while also supporting the Newhaven enterprise zone, further boosting the local economy.”