Bexhill to Hastings road will promote regeneration

Construction work on Bexhill– Hastings Link Road can now commence; this is after Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, gave his final approval.

Following the scheme, East Sussex’s County Council aims to construct a 6km dual carriageway road; that will run between Hastings’ B2092 Queensway and Bexhill’s A259. The road will not only promote development in Bexhill, but will also improve accessibility between the towns; North East Bexhill is considered to be the one of largest single developmental sites in the area.

Patrick McLoughlin said:

“This scheme will kickstart economic regeneration in a deprived area of the South East and tackle problems of accessibility between the towns of Bexhill and Hastings. It will open up 52,000 sqm of land in North East Bexhill for business development and housing and creating new jobs. The £56.85 million we are putting into this scheme shows that the Coalition Government is serious about investing in the infrastructure the country needs to drive economic growth.”

The scheme will deliver:

– a 3.5 mile (5.6km) single carriageway road between the A259 in Bexhill and the B2092 Queensway in Hastings;

– three new signal-controlled junctions incorporating bus priority measures; and

– provision of a Greenway for cycling, walking and horse riding.

The scheme was given provisional funding approval in March 2012. Today’s announcement means that work can now start on the construction with the project scheduled to complete in 2015.