A series of proposals for the A27 development, including a new dual carriageway that would run north of the current road, have been passed through to the third and final stage of the feasibility study.
A meeting was held by Eastbourne Borough Council, the Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and representatives of East Sussex County Council earlier this week to discuss Stage 2 of the ongoing study into the development of the A27.
The group looked over a list of emerging options that had been compiled by the Highways Agency from the Department of Transport (DfT) and specialist transport consultancy.
From the new road options considered, the most successful proposal was Option A, which would be a new dual carriageway from Beddingham, joining the existing dual carriageway at Cophall Roundabout that would run north of the current A27.
Also being put forward to the final stage are the options for a single carriageway with a new option on whether it could be dualled, bypasses at Selmeston and Wilmington and a ‘Folkington Link’.
The old dual carriageway scheme has been dropped, as has a proposal for an elevated dual or ‘sky drive’ above the rail line.
Stephen Lloyd MP said, “I was absolutely delighted that my favoured option – a new dual carriageway all the way from this side of Lewes to the Cophall Roundabout – scored so highly.
“Three of the criteria – travel time, access for all users and the growth of our economy – scored the highest possible grade. Safety was also scored positively.
“Clearly we still have a long way to go and Stage 3 will prioritise options and include a more detailed assessment of costings, modelling of benefits and refinement of any mitigating needs.
“The reference group is meeting in October and from there, specific recommendations will go to the DfT and Treasury, with an announcement in the Autumn Statement at the end of this year.”
Three key ‘hot spots’ of the A27 – Worthing, Arundel and the Lewes to Eastbourne road – were identified as needing improvement in areas such as safety, capacity constraints and poor journey times.