A27 East of LewesRecently updated

One of a package of 4 schemes to reduce congestion on the A27.

Region:  South East
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  ¬£75 Million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A27 schemes

Progress report

Following the closure of the public consultation and careful consideration of all the responses and comments received we are now in a position to announce the preferred route for the improvement scheme.   The Preferred Route and consultation report are available on our Preferred Route Announcement page.

What next?

Following the announcement of the preferred route, we will carry out surveys and investigations to allow us to design the scheme in more detail ahead of a further round of consultation in 2018.


Event Date
Stakeholder workshop April 2016
Have your say on proposed options Late 2016
Preferred route announcement Summer 2017
Have your say on the preferred route Late 2017
Start of work Spring 2020
Open to traffic 2022

Why we need this scheme

The A27 to the east of Lewes suffers from congestion due to the narrow carriageway and low capacity at junctions. There are limited overtaking opportunities, meaning that traffic regularly queues behind cyclists and other slow moving vehicles.


The aim of this scheme is to address safety, capacity, sustainability and accessibility issues on this stretch of the A27. We aim to:
  • reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27 section
  • promote modes of travel and behaviours which minimise traffic and congestion
  • provide safer roads
  • connect communities currently separated by the route
  • improve accessibility for all users into the South Downs National Park
  • minimise impact on natural environment

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