Link road that could ease traffic between Eastbourne and Hastings is taking shape

A view from Ninfield Road bridge looking north along the railway cutting SUS-150427-164749001
A view from Ninfield Road bridge looking north along the railway cutting SUS-150427-164749001

A new link road that could make it easier for Eastbourne residents to travel to Hastings is taking shape.

The road, from Bexhill to Hastings, is designed to boost the economy and relieve traffic congestion on the A259.

The news will be welcomed by Eastbourne residents, many of whom have had to endure the overcrowded A259 while travelling to the Conquest Hospital, in Hastings, following the transfer of services from the Eastbourne DGH.

The move to British Summer Time has enabled longer working days for contractors working on the link road and the project team is hoping the road will open later this year.

Bob Pape, the link road project director for East Sussex County Council, said, “We are now seeing good progress along the route of the road and significant areas are coming close to completion.

“In the next few months we expect to see a major transformation of the site.”

The exact opening date is dependent on a range of factors including the weather, deliveries by suppliers, unforeseen technical issues and seasonally restricted environmental work.

Projects completed this month include the surfacing work and road markings at Belle Hill, where the new road joins London Road, and lighting has been installed at the new Chapel Path underpass.

Environmental barriers have been installed along the tops of the railway cutting and slope stabilisation works are underway.

The construction of the replacement Ninfield Road bridge is rapidly taking shape with the bridge deck concrete pours due soon. The utilities are due to be installed over the next few months.

Across the entire site landscaping work is in progress, including the planting of new shrubs and trees and lighting is being installed at Queensway at the Hastings end of the new road.

Next month work is expected to begin on improvements to the existing Crowhurst Road. A temporary traffic control system will be in place while parts of the road are realigned and the county council’s highways team carry out pothole repairs.

The new link road is expected to help bring 2,000 new homes, 3,000 new jobs and more than £1 billion of economic benefits to the area.