Conservative campaigners and Chamber boss Christina Ewbank on the busy A22
Conservative campaigners and Chamber boss Christina Ewbank on the busy A22

Campaigners pushing for improvements on the A27 are pushing the troubled road up the political and financial agenda.

For years plans to improve the dangerous stretch of road from Polegate to Lewes have fallen on deaf ministerial ears but that looks set to change now with the news that government has passed the task of prioritising transport schemes and the funding to do something about them to Local Enterprise Partnerships.

In addition local politicians have met with roads minister Robert Goodwill and told him about the dangerous stretch of road and invited him to see it form himself.

Among those at the Westminster meeting to press the case for investment in the A27 was Conservative MP hopeful Caroline Ansell and Chamber of Commerce boss Christina Ewbank, who are among those who have been pushing for greater road safety, improved journey times and reliability.

“The Government has set out an ambitious plan for serious investment in the nation’s road network and we have until March 2014 to make the case for the A27 by demonstrating how it affects our local economy,” said Caroline.

“There is no doubt this road is holding back Eastbourne’s growth, while there are also ongoing concerns about the number of serious accidents that occur.

“We must continue to make a robust case to ensure that funds come from government and our work now is to enlist the support of local businesses and make a strong contribution to the consultation, a process that will begin in earnest in the new year.”    

Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt said he believed the chances of getting some action are better now than they have been in the past and the A27 should “be put right at the top of the LEP’s priorities”.

“Improvements to this road are long overdue,” he said.