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A2300 gets £17m investment from DfT

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The transport minister, Baroness Vere, has announced that communities in West Sussex will benefit from £17 million funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to improve road journeys on the A2300.

The total cost of the A2300 scheme is £22 million. According to the DfT, it will cut congestion and improve safety by converting a 2.5km section of the existing road to a dual carriageway between the A23 and the proposed Northern Arc roundabout.

With an estimated 20,000 vehicles using the route, commuters face congestion and delays, the department explained. This scheme, which links Burgess Hill to the A23/M23, will also see the addition of new walking and cycling paths, as well as allow over 3,500 new houses to be built along the route, by providing a key link between the planned development at Burgess Hill and the London to Brighton corridor.

Vere said: “This government is committed to boosting transport links for communities up and down the country.

“This transformative road scheme will not only save drivers time, but will also mean more homes, more shared footpaths, and more cycleways – boosting journeys for all.”

Roger Elkin, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The scheme will widen around 2.5km of single-lane road to a dual carriageway, helping to unlock significant development opportunities, reduce congestion, and bring many other benefits to the area, including providing new walking and cycling facilities.”

Work on the scheme is expected to start in the spring and the road is expected to open in winter 2021.

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