Another week of long delays for town motorists

A22 Willingdon/Polegate SUS-140430-175335001
A22 Willingdon/Polegate SUS-140430-175335001

Motorists are facing a third week of long delays in and out of Eastbourne as resurfacing work continues on Golden Jubilee Way.

The northbound stretch of the busy A22 has been closed as part of a seven week major improvement scheme and once that is finished and re-opened the southbound part will also close for resurfacing.

Traffic queues and delays were so severe that last weekend highways bosses were forced to make a U-turn and re-opened part of the road with a speed limit in place to cope with the extra traffic coming in and out of the town for the Bank Holiday Weekend.

One lane was re-opened from last Saturday until Tuesday morning to ease congestion and Roger Williams, the head of highways at East Sussex County Council, said he was aware of the disruption the closure was causing and part had re-opened to “alleviate some of the pressure on the roads during the busy period”.

The closure has caused major tailbacks on other roads out of Eastbourne particularly along Seaside, down through Langney and via Stone Cross, and also on the main road to Willingdon heading out to Polegate.

A county council spokesperson said, “Carriageway resurfacing works are being carried out on the A22 Golden Jubilee Way. The work began on April 28 and will take up to seven weeks to complete weather permitting. The northbound carriageway will be closed until Monday May 19 and southbound closes from Tuesday May 20 until Friday June 13.

“The surface of Golden Jubilee Way was starting to crumble. If we left it any longer the repair work would end up taking longer and costing more. We are currently ahead of schedule.”