We spoke about it in our August issue and it seems some traction has been made with the A27 development… East Sussex County Council Deputy Leader David Elkin today welcomed news that a contractor will be picked this week to work up a business case for a A27 bypass between Lewes and Polegate…

Three companies came forward to bid for the £3 million of government money, from the original £75 million earmarked for improvements, following successful lobbying by former Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell and Lewes MP Maria Caulfield.

The money will be spent on how the dual carriageway could be built and its environmental impact, plus a business case and options for a public consultation.

“This money was earmarked by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling earlier this year and it’s a major step forward that a contractor will be appointed in just days to look carefully at this option,” said David.

“The work does move a road a step closer as ministers will be able to look at a concrete case for it when this work is completed. Like many people who want to see a fit for purpose A27, I look forward to seeing this study and the evidence sent to the Department for Transport so we can make a compelling case for this road.”

Caroline Ansell, who worked hard to progress the road improvements when in office, added: “Eastbourne residents are desperate to see the A27 improved and this is a big step forward with a proper business case now almost within our hands.

“I will continue to work with committed Conservative colleagues, like David and Maria, to do all I can to advance the case for a 21st century A27 that our town and its surrounding area deserves.
“Together we have already achieved a great deal and now is the time to continue to make that positive case to government.”