Breaking news: Burgess Hill link road gets £17m boost

Improvements to the A2300 Burgess Hill liink road have are expected to take place. Pics Steve Robards SUS-150127-165753001
Improvements to the A2300 Burgess Hill liink road have are expected to take place. Pics Steve Robards SUS-150127-165753001

A busy link road in Burgess Hill will be given a boost following a £17m investment from the government.

The plans aim to ‘relieve congestion’ on the A2300, which runs from the A23 at Hickstead to the A273 at Jane Murray Way.

Councillor Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex Council said: “Given the huge infrastructure deficit across West Sussex, this investment in an important link road is very good news for Mid Sussex.

“The council is committed to sustainable growth in Burgess Hill; we are planning positively for new homes and jobs.

“Improvements to the A2300 are critical to our plans so this support from government is a welcome endorsement of our approach.”

Officers at the district council applied to the Government’s Growth deal, a scheme which encourages growth through targeted investment in infrastructure and innovation.

The successful application was submitted in October 2014.

A spokesman for the council said: “The investment is an enormous boost for the local economy and will relieve congestion on this important route into Burgess Hill.

“It is also a significant step forward for the council’s plans to provide 3,000 new homes, 5,000 jobs and 200,000 square metres of employment space in Burgess Hill.”

West Sussex County Council is working on options for the design of the A2300 improvements which are likely to include dualling the road and improving junctions.

A report by the South Mid Sussex County Local Committee in September said planned development in Mid Sussex will increase congestion.

The report said: “The Mid Sussex Transport Study identified that the congestion and capacity issues forecast for 2031 could probably be resolved by widening the A2300, to dual two-lane carriageway and optimising the layout of the A2300 junction which will provide access to the strategic developments.”

The road is being designed to ease congestion likely to be caused by three sites proposed in the district council’s Local Plan – Northern Arc, Land to the East of Kingsway and the A2300 Business Park.