Transport boss visits troubled A27 this week

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin was in Eastbourne on Monday to see for himself how the A27 would benefit from major improvements.

The MP met business leaders and campaigners outside the Thoroughbred pub at the start of the A27 in a bid to press home the need for improvements between Polegate and Beddingham.

Caroline Ansell and Patrick McLoughlin SUS-140204-100003001

Caroline Ansell and Patrick McLoughlin SUS-140204-100003001

The visit was organised by Eastbourne Conservative MP hopeful Caroline Ansell who, together with Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Lloyd has been pressing for investment on the road.

Stephen Lloyd and the Liberal Democrats locally want to see the existing road dualled but the Conservatives want to see a new “ten miles in ten minutes road” which would run from the Cophall Roundabout to Beddingham.

Politicians from all sides recognise the A27 upgrade as a top priority for the town and wider region.

During the visit Caroline Ansell drove the Transport Minister from Eastbourne to Lewes so he could experience the journey for himself, the issues around the lay of the land, the mix of traffic and the accident hotspots.

She said, “The A27 is costing us businesses and jobs, and even worse, lives. The government is rolling out unprecedented investment in the nation’s roads, but there are several routes under consideration. Being able to bring the Minister to town was an incredible opportunity and, the timing couldn’t have been more opportune.

“The Department for Transport and Highways Agency are engaged right now in gathering evidence to determine where that investment is to be prioritised.

“We know the challenge is to find a deliverable scheme in this beautiful and environmentally sensitive area.”

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