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 becoming a liability. 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. We envisage that we will submit our planning application to the South Downs National Park in early 2021. 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 are looking to deliver a public consultation later this year to help shape the future of the project. As this progresses we will update the web page with further information.
Below sets outs our current working timeline
(Please note these dates are subject to change)
2019/2020 - Preliminary Designs
Summer 2020 – Public consultation – details will be posted on this page
Spring/Summer 2021 – Detailed design and planning application submission to South Downs National Park
Winter 2021/22 – Start of construction
2022/23 – Construction complete