Burgess Hill To Haywards Heath Cycle Path In The Works As MSDC Win £14.9m Transport Package For The Town
8th February 2017
A new Burgess Hill to Haywards Heath cycle path is just one of a number of new improvements planned after Mid Sussex District Council were awarded £14.9m of funding from the Department of Communitiies and Local Government's Local Growth Fund.
This latest award is in addition to the £16.96m already secured to assist with the upgrading of the A2300 - A project that was suppposd to have started by now!
MSDC say that this new financial award will be used for 'improving traffic flows as well as providing new infrastructure to build a more sustainable transport package for Burgess Hill and the surrounding area.'
MSDC are working closly with the county council on the design and delivery of the package. The aim of the transport project is to improve connectivity, congestion and journey time reliability.
Key elements are likely to include:
- Building capacity and improvement to road management systems and junctions
- Integrated transport solutions, including bus and interchange improvements
- New cycle and pedestrian ways linking new developments to the town centre, improve existing cycle/footpaths and a new cycle path to link Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath
Cllr Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council:
“This is fantastic news for the people of Burgess Hill. This funding provides a real boost to our growth plans for the town. Funding for infrastructure is key and this money will help us create an efficient and cost effective transport system for Burgess Hill, which will also benefit the wider district.
"This process was extremely competitive and we have worked hard to secure the best deal possible for our community. The funding signals the Government’s commitment to work with us to deliver our proposals for Burgess Hill and is clear recognition of the strong business case put forward by Mid Sussex District Council and our partners.”
Over the next 15 years, Burgess Hill is expecting to see the construction of over 5,000 new homes, two new business parks and improvements to the town centre. This latest award from the Government is seen as vital in supporting the delivery of a sustainable transport package that will sensibly mitigate the impacts of increased traffic.
Hopefully some of the £14.9 million will be spent on solving the problem of the roundabout that links Civic Way, Queen Elizabeth Avenue and Station Road. Come 5pm, it's bedlam in the area, not helped with fast food fans using the McDonald's drive-thru spilling out onto the roundabout!
We hope to get more detailed information about the proposed Burgess Hill to Haywards Heath cycle path in due course.
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