A2300 Corridor Improvements Scheme

Closed 28 Oct 2018

Opened 13 Sep 2018

Feedback Updated 5 Apr 2019

We Asked

We asked our residents, businesses, and local communities to tell us whether or not they agreed with the design proposals for the A2300.

The public engagement questionnaire used for this project  included questions on a series of topics, such as:

  • Views on the proposals;
  • The main purpose of respondents’ journeys along the A2300
  • The mode of transport most frequently used to travel along/across the A2300; and
  • Other demographic information.

 

You Said

More than 320 visitors attended the five public events held across Burgess Hill.  Overall, a total of 212 responses were received. Of these, around three-quarters (156, 74%) were 4.1.1received through the online survey and just over a quarter (56, 26%) were letters or emails. Of the responses received, 20 were from stakeholders including local authorities, environment and representative groups, landowners and businesses.

The majority of respondents did not support the Phase 1 design proposals. Overall, 135 (71%) respondents either strongly disagree or disagree with the proposals, while 35 (18%)either strongly agree or agree. A further 20 respondents (11%) neither agree nor disagree.

When asked to share thier reasons for not supporting the proposals, the most frequently occurring area of comment was the lack of crossing provision for people walking, cycling and horse riding (29 general comments, 12 specifically relating to the lack of crossings for horses, 8 specifically on the lack of crossings for cyclists).

Please see the Results Section below for a more detailed summary of responses.

We Did

We are progressing the next stage of scheme design development work at present and plan to submit the full business case to central government later this year for consideration and approval. Once approved, it is anticipated that the construction of the scheme will begin early next year.

Results Updated 5 Apr 2019

We have analysed the feedback received from the public engagement exercise, and a report summarising the analysis and our response to the suggestions can be found below:

 

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Overview

Phase 1

The A2300 links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23 strategic road corridor and is an important route for people commuting to and from Burgess Hill.

It is a busy road, particularly at peak times and suffers from congestion, queuing and delays. Significant residential and employment growth is proposed at Burgess Hill that will put further pressure on the road.

To ease congestion and make the journeys safer and more reliable, we propose to improve the A2300 corridor by widening the road from single to dual carriageway and will provide a footway / cycleway along the northern verge from Burgess Hill to the A2300 / A23 interchange and the National Cycle Network. The improvements will reduce congestion, facilitate growth and improve access to employment opportunities.

Phase 1 of the A2300 corridor improvements scheme will deliver over £20m investment in highways, and help to unlock significant improvements to Burgess Hill. It will attract over £1bn of inward investment into the wider area.

It is part of a wider package of investment in local infrastructure being delivered as part of the Burgess Hill Strategic Growth Programme which will facilitate the transformative change of the town through significant improvements in housing, jobs, infrastructure, social and community facilities.

The Burgess Hill Strategic Growth Programme is supported by all tiers of government and was established in the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership Strategic Economic Plan, Mid Sussex District Plan and also the Burgess Hill Town Wide Strategy.

The majority of funding for implementing these proposals will be provided by HM Government through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund. The remaining funds will be provided by West Sussex County Council and from developer contributions.

Scheme Objectives

  • To Support the delivery of planned housing and employment growth
  • To improve connectivity between the A23/M23 and new existing commercial and housing development in Burgess Hill
  • To improve journey time reliability by reducing congestion
  • To improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists along the A2300 corridor

Scheme Plan

Phase one overview

The proposals will:

•   Widen the existing A2300 from single carriageway to dual carriageway by constructing two new lanes immediately north of the existing road

•   Include modifications to the existing road layout, including roundabouts to allow for the road widening

•   Provide a new footway / cycleway along the northern verge between the proposed Northern Arc access roundabout and the A2300 / A23 interchange and the National Cycle Network

•   Include new safety enhancements in the form of a central reservation with vehicle restraint barriers

•   Upgrade classification of road to dual carriageway including national speed limit of 70 mph

•   Provide landscaping, planting and environmental mitigation measures.

Scheme benefits

When completed, Phase 1 will reduce existing congestion along the A2300 and the wider road network. It is also designed to provide additional capacity and safety enhancements, which will enable Burgess Hill to meet its objectives for housing and economic growth and job creation.

It will also provide new facilities for pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Burgess Hill and the A2300 / A23 interchange and the National Cycle Network.

Future phases

We are working with developers and site promoters to identify potential opportunities for further sustainable transport improvements to the west of Burgess Hill.

Timeline

  1. Autumn 2018: Public engagement  < We are here
  2. Winter 2018: Contractor procurement
  3. Autumn 2019: Detailed design
  4. Spring 2020: Construction starts
  5. Summer 2021: Construction complete

 

Why We Are Consulting

We value your ideas and comments on these proposals.  We encourage you to read the engagement documents and respond to us.  You can provide us with feedback using any of the following methods:

  • by attending one of our drop-in sessions where our Project Team will be on hand to answer questions and provide further information
  • by completing the online questionnaire below 
  • by downloading and completing the attached questionnaire and returning it to us via email or freepost address
  • writing to us via our freepost address

Freepost return address:
Freepost RSBK-CHTU-KGGG,
Have Your Say,
A2300 Improvements Scheme,
West Sussex County Council,
Chichester, PO19 1RQ

Engagement ends midnight 28 October 2018.

Alternative formats

If you require this information in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email on a2300@westsussex.gov.uk. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.   

What Happens Next

Further information following the engagement can be found in the 'We Asked, You Said, We Did' section.

Events

Areas

  • Mid Sussex District

Audiences

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Groups
  • Children
  • Disabled People
  • Faith Groups
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transexual (LGBT) Groups
  • Older People
  • People in marriages & civil partnerships
  • Pregnancy & Maternity
  • Young People
  • Young People Aged 18+
  • Gender Groups
  • NHS
  • Health and Wellbeing Professionals
  • Residents e-Panel
  • Teachers
  • Pupils
  • Schools
  • Colleges
  • Students
  • Young people with SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability)
  • Headteachers
  • SEN Co-ordinators
  • West Sussex County Council Staff
  • Capita Staff
  • West Sussex Fire and Rescue Staff
  • County Communicators
  • Have Your Say Champions
  • Cyclists
  • Bus/coach Passengers
  • Car/Van Drivers
  • Police
  • District/Borough Councils
  • Parish Councils
  • Town Councils
  • Elected Members/Councillors
  • Voluntary Organisations
  • Community Organisations
  • Bus Operators
  • Broadband Suppliers
  • Childcare Providers
  • All West Sussex Businesses
  • Employees
  • CBC Library Group
  • Local services in the care sector
  • Service Users
  • Homeless People
  • People Who Do Not Use This Service
  • All West Sussex Residents
  • Tenants/Leaseholders
  • Visitors/Tourists
  • Families
  • Carers
  • Parents

Interests

  • Accessibility
  • Communication
  • Consultation and Engagement
  • Economy
  • Employment
  • Carbon Emissions
  • Environment
  • Community Speed Limits
  • Cycle Routes
  • Highways
  • Parking
  • Pavements
  • Bus/Coach
  • Cars
  • Community Transport
  • Cycling
  • Road Safety