The town’s MP has welcomed the news that the A27 is to be considered in a feasibility study for improvement.
The new Minister for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP, announced the news.
The road will be one of only seven across the UK included in the study, which will be published in the spring of next year.
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd said, “I was absolutely delighted to hear the Minister’s announcement, as I’ve been lobbying for extra money from the Treasury ever since the General Election.
“We all know in Eastbourne that the A27 between our town and Lewes is a disgrace.
“It is unsafe and is hampering our otherwise strong economic recovery. For the life of me, I don’t know why then A27 wasn’t sorted back in the 80s.
“Eastbourne needs a decent link to the M23, London and the rest of the UK.
“It will be a game changer for business and for the long term future of our town.”
Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council David Tutt added, “This is excellent news.
“I agree totally with the Minister when he describes the A27 as being one of ‘the most notorious and long-standing road hot spots in the country’ and I’d encourage every local resident to write in to the Department for Transport explaining why we really do need a decent road to our town.”
There have been a series of collisions, many fatal, on the A27 stretch between Eastbourne and Lewes over the years which has led to serious concerns from politicians and parts of it being branded ‘dangerous’.
There has been divide over whether a dual carriageway between Eastbourne and Lewes would make the road safer.
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