The A259 is a critical route for economic connectivity from the East of the County, along the East Sussex coast to Brighton and through to West Sussex, including linkage to a key port at Newhaven. Not only does it run through the South Downs national park and a site of special scientific interest, it is also located in one of the County’s beauty spots which attracts thousands of tourists every year.
Over recent years it has been recognised that the bridge in its current form has some significant layout issues and ongoing maintenance is generating substantial maintenance costs. Therefore, East Sussex Highways are currently reviewing the possibility of a major scheme, to address the long standing and well-known bottleneck at Exceat and in turn contribute towards economic growth, specifically economic connectivity, within the area, whilst still being sensitive to the surrounding environment.
When will this project be happening?
This project is at the early stages of planning and design. This process can be lengthy, but we are currently exploring all affordable options available to us whilst still ensuring we maximise the benefits that the new bridge would bring to all road users and those enjoying the unique landscape and environment.
We recently carried out a public engagement exercise to gauge feedback on our project proposals. The feedback from this is being used to inform our planning application and engagement with the South Downs National Park Authority. Overall feedback was in support of the project with 79% in favour of replacing the current bridge. Further details and feedback from the engagement can be found on our website.