Hailsham, Polegate and Eastbourne Transport Corridor

A set of proposals has been developed to minimise predicted traffic congestion in the Eastbourne and South Wealden areas, likely as a result of increased housing and commercial development in the future.

Following the public consultation in Autumn 2017, the consultation outcomes were reported to the Lead Member for Transport and Environment on 18 June 2018. The report also set out the recommended package of proposals to be taken forward to detailed design and construction.

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Why is it necessary?

Demand is increasing for new housing and commercial development in the South Wealden and Eastbourne areas, creating the potential for increased levels of traffic.

This development is necessary to satisfy the demand for suitable housing and for the continued growth of the local economy, but it is important to understand how it may affect the existing transport network.

East Sussex County Council has identified a number of locations which may become more heavily congested as a result of increased road traffic from new developments. We have examined a number of measures that could minimise this likely increase in congestion.

These measures include junction improvements, construction of bus lanes and cycle routes and improvements to bus stops and footways. The primary objective of these improvements is to provide alternative transport choices without disadvantaging other road users. By making sustainable transport more attractive, we hope to minimise the expected increase in congestion.

Phase 1 Improvements

At the Lead Member meeting in June 2018, it was resolved that the following elements of the Polegate and Willingdon section of the Movement and Access Corridor be taken forward:

  • Wannock Road/Polegate High Street junction capacity improvements
  • Eastbourne Road (A2270)
  • Bus lanes on the A2270 southbound from just north of Thurrock Close to Huggett’s Lane; northbound from Thurrock Close to Broad Road and northbound from Coopers Hill to Huggett’s Lane
  • Consider the off-road footway/cycleway on the eastern side of the road between Broad Road and Huggett’s Lane
  • Upgrade of traffic signals at Huggett’s Lane to accommodate a bus gate and Toucan crossing and provision of cycle Advanced Stop Lines
  • Introduction of a new 30mph speed limit along Eastbourne Road between Cooper’s Hill and A27 junction in Polegate
  • Victoria Drive – northbound bus lane from Newick Road to the Victoria Drive and Willingdon Road junction, with the retention of the 30mph speed limit and introduction of parking restrictions in Victoria Drive on south side between Farlaine Road and the Willingdon Road junction (Option 2)
  • Bus stop improvements along the length of the Phase 1 corridor