A22 is part of £46m improvement package

Junction at Polegate for the A22 & A27
Junction at Polegate for the A22 & A27

Projects to improve the A22 and provide walking and cycling schemes in Eastbourne, Polegate and Willingdon have been given priority as part of a £46million Government funding boost.

The Growth Deal money was awarded to the South East Local Partnership, which includes East Sussex County Council, to deliver its seven-year plan to generate 200,000 private sector jobs, 100,000 new homes and transform the transport infrastructure across the south east.

Included in the four East Sussex projects prioritised for the first year is a package of measures along the A22 and A2270 to enable an express bus service from Hailsham town centre to Polegate railway station and Eastbourne.

Also given prominence is improved accessibility and connectivity within the A22 (Eastbourne/South Wealden) Growth Corridor.

Inter-related with A22/A27 junction improvements, this is identified as critical to the delivery of up to 10,000 new homes and 80,000sqm in the area.

Preliminary designs are currently being developed with consultation planned in late 2014.

Also included in this is the Eastbourne and South Wealden Walking and Cycling Package.

This is a package of walking and cycling schemes identified through the Eastbourne Cycle Strategy.

An ongoing study identifying improvements in the Polegate, Willingdon and Stone Cross area is required to support the local housing and employment growth in the A22 Growth Corridor.

Initially £17million will be invested in East Sussex during 2015/16 for projects to improve the local transport network.

This will be followed by a further £19million for transport improvements including the A22/A27 junction.

Funding will be available for this transport project in April 2015.