A23 forum on £75m upgrade between Handcross and Warninglid

A23 Warninglid to Handcross Widening Scheme
A23 Warninglid to Handcross Widening Scheme

Representatives from communities along the A23 between Warninglid and Handcross have attended a meeting to hear the latest progress on the £75m road upgrade being carried out.

The 2.5mile stretch – just south of Gatwick Airport on the main road between London and Brighton – is being widened to three lanes in each direction, with extensive junction and road layout improvements

Local councillors, residents’ association committee members, and landowners and their agents gathered for the meeting withy the Highways Agency-led project team to hear the progress made since work started in July, and to put questions directly to the engineers.

Highways Agency project leader Chris Bacon said: “The improved A23 will bring real benefits for drivers and local people alike, and we are doing our very best to be a good neighbour during construction too.

“It was great to have the chance to meet with local representatives and people living nearby and I hope they found the event useful.

“We plan to hold these stakeholder forum events regularly to keep up an open, constructive dialogue with local people and groups.”

Sally Mclean, clerk to Slaugham Parish Council, said: “In all it was a good factual presentation on the achievements of the project to date, as well as explaining how the work was adapting to challenges posed to the project by the changing weather.

“The meeting was a useful forum for us to feed back to the Highways Agency on behalf of our residents, and we look forward to attending further such meetings in the future.”

Monday’s event is just one of the ways that the project team is keeping people up to date with scheme progress. Public information exhibitions were held in June ahead of construction work starting, and the project has a dedicated community liaison officer who has started work on a series of presentations about the project to schools and local groups.

Already the project team have answered more than 200 pieces of correspondence from local people about the project.

Main construction work on the road upgrade is expected to be completed in 2014.