A Sussex MP and Government Minister has praised the work being carried out to construct the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road.
“The team obviously worked very hard through last winter’s challenging wet weather and I was very pleased to see the good progress being made in the construction of this vital new road between Bexhill and Hastings which will improve journey times along the south coast and open up much needed opportunities for building new homes and business growth,” said Greg Barker, the MP for Bexhill and Battle, and Minister of State for Energy and Climate.
“This is not a simple road construction project and I saw first-hand just how much work is being done to protect the environment and public rights of way across the valley. As well as the obvious economic benefits to our area, I think people will be pleasantly surprised by the environmentally sensitive recreational opportunities this project will create along the new cycling and walking Greenway,” he added.
Mr Barker was shown around the site by Bob Pape, the project manager for East Sussex County Council and Mike Spisto, the structures agent for the Hochtief Taylor Woodrow Joint Venture.
When the Link Road opens next year it is expected to provide a major economic boost, bringing in around £1 billion of investment, 2,000 new homes and 3,000 jobs, along with the development of 42 acres of land in north east Bexhill, including a 50,000 sq m business park.
The new road is also expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion along the A259, as well as improving conditions on the A2036 in eastern Bexhill, rural roads north of the town and routes through Crowhurst and Battle.
Photo from left to right:
Bob Pape, East Sussex County Council Project Manager, Bexhill to Hastings Link Road; Greg Barker, the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change; Mike Spisto, Hochtief Taylor Woodrow Joint Venture's Structures Agent