The long-awaited Haywards Heath relief road could open more than a year early if residents and district planners back night working on the final phase.
Crest Nicholson has told the Mid Sussex Times that the last section could be opened as soon as July 28, relieving the town centre of an estimated eight million vehicles a year.
An alternative would be January 26 next year, six months later but still at least six months sooner than the previous schedule of summer 2015.
Crest has now sent a letter to residents closest to its Stage Five workings off Rocky Lane seeking their views on two alternative proposals.
It says: “The final element to the works will involve closing Rocky Lane, removing a section that crosses the new relief road alignment and building the final section of the relief road. In order to do the work we will need to close Rocky Lane for a period of time.”
The firm has two windows for the work. They are four days from July 25 to July 28 this year, or December 1 to December 19 this year and January 5 to January 26 in 2015.
The earlier July dates will only be possible if Crest is given permission to work day and night from 5pm on Friday July 25 to 8am on Monday July 28.
Crest’s senior project manager Tim Haines told the Middy: “There will obviously be some noise if we undertake 24 hour working. We will, however, do everything we can to minimise the noise and will try and keep the very noisy operations to the daytime periods.”
Mr Haines said the success in bringing the completion date forward was a tribute to both its highways contractor Raymond Brown Construction Ltd and BAM Nuttall, which is building the bridge to take the road over the London to Brighton railway.
Crest contracted the company Pictures from Above to take these aerial photographs of its construction work in progress. Others in the slideshow were taken by Middy photographer Steve Robards and show Paul Jones (Crest Client Representative) and Rob Pearson (agent, BAM Nuttall) at the new bridge over the railway line at Rocky Lane.
Crest is asking for residents’ feedback by March 20 on the July or December/January options for the final works.
They should be sent by email to email@example.com or in writing to Tim Haines, Crest Strategic Projects, Crest House, Pyrcroft Road, Chertsey, KT16 9GN.
For more on this story and the paper’s Comment on the early arrival of ther final section of the A272, see this week’s Mid Sussex Times today (Thursday)