A £17 million investment has been announced by the Department for Transport in a key widening project for the A2300 at Burgess Hill in West Sussex.

It is set to get underway in the coming months and is expected to provide a significant reduction in journey times for travellers in the area when complete.

Major benefits for business and the community

Unveiling the plans, transport minister Baroness Vere commented: “This government is committed to boosting transport links for communities up and down the country.

“This transformative road scheme will not only save drivers time, but will also mean more homes, more shared footpaths, and more cycleways – boosting journeys for all.”

The A2300 improvement scheme aims to reduce congestion, improve reliability for drivers and support growth in the region.

It will achieve this through the expansion of a 2.5 km stretch of the current carriageway from single to dual lanes, as well as linking the existing road to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout.

The project will improve accessibility from Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 and will also facilitate the creation of new cycle routes and up to 3,500 new homes in the surrounding area.

Planning ahead to avoid delays

Overall, it is projected the volume of traffic using the A2300 will rise by around 40 per cent from its current level of approximately 20,000 daily users during the next 20 years.

As a result, the government is investing this significant sum to help future-proof the route against what would be an unsustainable level of growth in the years to come, leading to far greater levels of congestion if work is not started soon.

Responding to the announcement, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure Roger Elkins concluded: “This is the excellent news we have been waiting for and puts the scheme on course for starting on site this spring.”

With work now set to get underway in the coming months, Highways England has forecast the upgraded route will be fully open to traffic by winter 2021.

It forms part of a wider array of transport improvements across the region, with other major schemes including the Crawley Growth Programme and a £150 million plan for station improvements at Gatwick.

Heather Stark, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, comments: “Addressing significant delays in the area due to a build-up of traffic during rush hour will be just one of the major benefits of this ambitious project. It highlights the ongoing much-needed improvements that are now being carried out across the country to the nation’s transport infrastructure.”

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