A27 feasibility study released

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The A27 is in need of improvement, according to a new Feasibility Scope Document published by the Department for Transport (DfT) last week.

The document also included the announcement that the DfT has set up a reference group of prominent people and bodies to oversee the process throughout the next few months.

Earlier this year, the DfT and the Highways Agency called for evidence on the need to improve the A27 and after Stephen Lloyd MP and the local and county councils responded, a feasibility study began looking into the proposed changes.

The Government published the results in a document last week, which noted the need for improvement between Lewes and Polegate.

Subsequently, the Departmental Reference Group was announced, which includes Stephen Lloyd MP as the only Member of Parliament, alongside local councils, local enterprise partnerships, stakeholders and other bodies such as the South Downs National Park Authority.

Mr Lloyd said, “I am delighted to be part of this reference group, particularly as only last week I joined the East Sussex County Council’s similar group. This means I will be able to lobby the Department for improvements to our road from without and within.

“Improvements to the A27 are vital to sustain Eastbourne’s growing economy and I will be actively pushing for this much needed upgrade as hard as I can.

“The Scope Document announces that previous proposals will be included within the study, meaning the excellent scheme for duelling carried from 1993 will also be reassessed.

“Alongside my submission and the documents produced by the local council in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Eastbourne presents a really strong case for the benefits this improved road will bring to our town and the whole area. I look forward to working with the Department more, to ensure we get the road our growing town deserves.”

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin recently came to assess the A27 campaign and drove along the troubled road to ‘better understand and address the problems it faces’.