A27 funding decision expected in December

Maria Caulfield, John Hayes and Caroline Ansell SUS-141020-153041001
Maria Caulfield, John Hayes and Caroline Ansell SUS-141020-153041001

An announcement on whether funding will be made available for the A27 investment is expected in early December after the Conservative Minister for Transport visited the area last week.

John Hayes MP met with Eastbourne’s prospective Parliamentary Candidate, Caroline Ansell, and the Lewes PPC, Maria Caulfield, on Thursday, October 16 to discuss their campaign to upgrade the road.

The group was driven on a double-decker bus from the Esso Pevensey Service Station along the A27 to the Giant’s Rest pub at the Wilmington Crossing - a journey of approximately 6.5 miles that should take no longer than ten-14 minutes at most. The route was chosen specifically to highlight the volumes of traffic and the unsafe nature of the road.

John Hayes MP said, “It’s something we’re looking at as a department, we have a feasibility study looking at what could be done to improve things.

“You can make decisions in Westminster and Whitehall, but actually getting a look and feel of what the effect of those decisions is going to be, is vitally important.”

Back in April of this year, the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, also drove along the A27 at rush hour to see for himself how the busy road would benefit from major improvements.

At the time, he said, “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to come to Eastbourne and experience the A27 for myself. It helps me to make important decisions when I’ve actually visited and been on the road itself.”

An announcement on whether funding will be made available is expected in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement on December 3.

The A27 was identified in 2013 as one six choke points seriously affecting the efficiency of the UK’s network of trunk roads.

As a result, the Department for Transport was instructed to undertake a feasibility study through the Highways Agency to determine the most suitable steps forward for improvement.

For more information on the feasibility study or to show your support for the campaign, visit the website at www.a27action.co.uk/the-case.