A27 East of Lewes

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

We have been developing the preliminary design for the A27 East of Lewes scheme since the publication of the preferred route in September 2017. In March we displayed the plans for the junctions at Polegate and Berwick and we are now delighted to announce that the preliminary design for the shared user path element of the scheme has now been completed.

We are holding five public exhibitions where we invite you to come along view the designs and find out more information:

Date Time Venue Address
Monday 15 July 2019 2pm to 7pm Alciston & Selmeston Village Hall The Street, Selmeston, BN26 6UG
Tuesday 16 July 2019 1pm to 6pm Polegate Community Centre The Lounge - 54 Windsor Way, BN26 6QF
Friday 19 July 2019 1:30pm to 6:30pm Berwick Village Hall 7 Station Road, Polegate, BN26 6TD
Saturday 20 July 2019 11am to 3pm Firle Village Hall The Street, Firle, BN8 6NT
Saturday 27 July 2019 11am to 3pm Berwick Village Hall 7 Station Road, Polegate, BN26 6TD

If you are unable to attend the events, you can still find out more about the designs by viewing the banners and slides that were presented at the events.

What's next?

Once the statutory process and arrangements for procuring the land have been finalised, the scheme will move to detailed design, which look at the design more closely and look to organise the finer details of the works.

The scheme is still on track to start the works around Berwick roundabout in March 2020, in line with our current programme expectations.

Timeline

Date Event
April 2016 Stakeholder workshop
Late 2016 Have your say on proposed options
Summer 2017 Preferred route announcement
March 2019 Public information exhibitions (junctions)
3 May 2019 Publication of orders (Junctions)
14 June 2019 End of representation period
July 2019 Public information exhibitions (Shared use path)
July 2019 Publication of orders (Shared use path)
Spring 2020 Start of work
2022 Open to traffic

Highways Act 1980 Orders

Highways England published the Orders for the A27 East of Lewes improvement scheme under the Highways Act 1980 on 3 May 2019. The scheme proposals require the following Orders:

The Highways England (A27 trunk road East of Lewes Improvement scheme) (Berwick and Polegate junctions) (Side Roads) Order 2019

The Highways England (A27 trunk road East of Lewes Improvement scheme) (Berwick and Polegate junctions) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019

Supporting documents that have also been published include:

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.

Aims

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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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A259 westbound between the A269 Bexhill West and the junction with the A27 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 October 2019 to 21 October 2019.
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:13 pm
Location : The A259 eastbound between the junctions with the A27 and the A269 Bexhill West. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The A259 westbound between the junctions with the A269 Bexhill West and the A27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A26 South and the A26 North. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A27 westbound at the junction with the A26 North. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the A26 North and the junction with the A277 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A27 eastbound between the junctions with the A26 North and the A26 South. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 October 2019 to 06:00 on 17 October 2019.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the A277 and the junction with the A23 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 October 2019 to 2 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 15, 2019, 4:20 pm

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