Issue 16 September 2019

Matters

Infrastructure upgrades planned for Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill will grow significantly over the next 15 years into a modern, thriving town where local people want to live and work. Substantial investment is planned from both the private and public sector that will see the development of around 5,000 new homes, two new business parks, new schools, community hubs and a new town centre.

As part of this coordinated growth programme, we're looking at ways to improve sustainable transport infrastructure, reduce congestion and increase connectivity across the town.

Mid Sussex District Council is currently working with West Sussex County Council on a Place and Connectivity Programme to deliver significant infrastructure improvements that will help link all these development areas and other key destinations in the town together. A number of town centre projects are currently under consideration, including improved access arrangements for Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations, enhanced cycle routes, accessible pedestrian routes and improvements to bus services.

Funding is already in place after Mid Sussex District Council, in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership Coast to Capital and West Sussex County Council, secured £10.9 million from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) for the Place and Connectivity programme. The funding supplements the £16.96m already secured from the Local Growth Fund to assist with the upgrading of the A2300.

A public engagement programme is scheduled for spring 2020 to find out the views of local people and provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to have their say on the proposed improvements.

Each project will link together, like small pieces in a jigsaw, and will collectively create significantly improved sustainable transport and travel around the town. One of the first projects to come forward as part of the Place and Connectivity programme is a resurfaced path and cycle way that will link Manor Road and Junction Road in Burgess Hill.

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All consultation responses will help shape the final Electric Vehicle Strategy. You can take part by visiting the Have Your Say Consultation Hub on the WSCC website.