A27 at centre of talks with top boss of transport

Improvements to the troubled stretch of the A27 between Polegate and Lewes were on the agenda at a meeting in London this week.

Conservative MP hopeful Caroline Ansell and Chamber of Commerce boss Christina Ewbank met Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to press for improvements along the road on the grounds any upgrade would boost the economy of Eastbourne and East Sussex and provide more jobs.

Christina Ewbank said the meeting went well and added, “We had plenty of ammunition having surveyed the business community and residents of Eastbourne. A massive 53 per cent of businesses said they would employ more staff if the A27 were upgraded, 43 per cent of businesses said they had lost customers due to the condition of the A27 while 14 per cent of businesses have lost contracts.

“Twenty per cent of businesses had considered relocating because of the A27 and 97 per cent of businesses said more tourists would help the economy grow.

“One person questioned in a survey said they estimated losing provisionally booked conference business of £700,000 annually purely because of poor road links and the experience of these by potential conference bookers”

Patrick McLoughlin said, “I met with Caroline and Christina and listened carefully to the strong representations they made about the importance of improving this stretch of the A27. This government is investing record amounts in our roads and we are currently identifying priorities for enhancements across the network, including through a feasibility study on the A27 corridor.”

Anyone wanting to support the campaign for improvements to the A27 should visit www.eastbourneunltd.co.uk or www.upgradeA27.co.uk