Issue 16 September 2019

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A2300 - preparation works start

A2300 proposalsWest Sussex County Council has started preparation works along the A2300 in Burgess Hill to clear the way for a major highway improvement project.

This clearance work is essential preparation ahead of the major A2300 improvements scheme, which will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to a dual carriageway.

A significant amount of residential and commercial development is planned for the Northern Arc of Burgess Hill and these road improvements will reduce congestion, cutting both journey times and pollution. The project will also help to improve links to homes and businesses, encourage new infrastructure that will contribute to the local economic growth and provide new facilities for both pedestrians and cyclists to help promote sustainable transport.

The clearance of trees and vegetation between the A23 at Hickstead and the proposed Northern Arc site access roundabout (west of the junction with A273 Jane Murray Way) is expected to be completed in November and the construction of the main scheme is expected to start in spring 2020.

It is expected there will be little impact on traffic. None of the trees to be cleared are subject to tree preservation orders and there will be a replanting scheme.

Visit www.westsussex.gov.uk for more details on A2300 corridor improvements scheme.

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