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.
At the present time, we are currently drawing up plans for the possibility of removing the bridge in its current form and replacing it with a newly designed one which will take into account all the issues currently facing all road users using this section of the road.
When will this project be happening?
This project is at the very early stages of planning, we do however envisage that with the appropriate planning permission and funding this new bridge could be constructed by 2022.
You may see work taking place over the coming months along this stretch of the road, this will include environmental and investigatory studies and we will keep residents and road users informed of any possible disruption caused by these works.
As the project progresses we will update this web page with further information.
Below sets outs our current working timeline
(Please note these dates are subject to change)
Summer - Winter 2019/2020 - Preliminary Designs
Spring 2020 - Planning application submission to South Downs National Park
Summer - Winter 2020 - Final Stages of planning and scheduling