Place and Connectivity programme steps (and wheels) into 2021
By the end of 2021 it is anticipated that six miles of safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes will have been created or improved as part of the £22.8m Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme.
Early 2021 will see the completion of upgraded walking and cycling connections to Sheddingdean Business Park and through the West End Recreation Ground in Burgess Hill.
Other projects well underway include the West Park Nature Reserve, between Chanctonbury Road and Potters Lane and a major section of the Green Circle between Gatehouse Lane and Malthouse Lane.
Work has now been completed to brighten up the bridge area near Wivelsfield station and planned walking and work is due to start shortly on improving cycling links to the south of the station.
Responses to the public engagement held in May and June 2020 have been been used to improve the designs of walking and cycling improvements to the Town Centre Western Gateway between London Road and Queen Elizabeth Avenue and at the Burgess Hill Station area from Queen Elizabeth Avenue through to Station Road and Hoadlands Corner, all of which are progressing towards scheduled delivery in 2021/22.
As a direct result of the public engagement, work will be carried out to explore the possibility of an additional pedestrian crossing on Leylands Road and a cycle link between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill. Public feedback has also provided an opportunity to review the network of proposed traffic free links between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. Whilst a technical review is considering a number of potential routes to the west of the railway line, it has ruled out progressing a potential ‘eastern route’ from Valebridge Road in Burgess Hill to Fox Hill in Haywards Heath. This is due to the cost implications required to address issues of flooding and user safety.
Mid Sussex District Council is working with West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Programme. supporting the overall strategic growth of Burgess Hill. The project is funded by a £22.8m of government grant and developer contributions.
You can find full details of the programme and latest news at www.burgesshill.net