Newhaven Port Access Road

Scheme Details

What route does the road take?

The first phase of the road up to the Pargut roundabout was completed in 2015. We are now looking to complete the route with a bridge over the Newhaven to Seaford railway line and Mill Creek. This takes the road into port land to the south, linking to the East Quay area.

The scheme is 700m of single carriageway road, with an adjacent footway/cycleway.

The new road rises from the Pargut Roundabout. It crosses the Newhaven to Seaford Railway line and Mill Creek on a new 120m long, three-span bridge and ends at a new port roundabout just south of Mill Creek.

Site Plan Drg 5A928/13/2

Bridge DRG – 5A928/102/1

Why do we need a bridge?

Other routes have been looked at for the road over the years. However, none deliver the full benefits that the approved scheme does. Routing the road north of the railway was an option that has been considered. However, that would still bring traffic out onto Beach Road. This was always intended in addition to the full Newhaven Port Access Road. Not as an alternative to it.

This route would still require significant earthworks to overcome the Pargut flood bank. It would also likely require the demolition of some industrial units. Port traffic would still have to cross level crossings. Nationally, Network Rail are increasingly looking to close level crossings, or limit their use.

The approved route for the road:

  • Avoids any level crossings
  • Bypasses the residential area completely

Finally, the land over which that route would cross is an allocated site for development. This means to re-route the road through there would also restrict the development potential of that site.

What environment mitigation will be undertaken?

The planning permissions considered all the impacts. This included the visual impacts from the surrounding areas. Environmental mitigation was provided within the Ouse Valley project completed some years ago. We also instructed ecologists to look at whether any further measures are now needed.

We carried out ecological surveys to understand the biodiversity of the area. This ensures all necessary measures are being taken to protect the various species present.

The scheme includes a new cycleway/footway alongside the new road. This will link up with existing footpaths in the area, both north and south of Mill Creek, to provide new circular routes. Landscaping will also be provided to screen the traffic from view.

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