In addition to road improvements, it is vital that sustainable transport measures are put in place to provide a safe and reliable alternative to using the car. In partnership, Mid Sussex District Council and West Sussex County Council working with the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, have secured a £22.8m funding package for sustainable transport improvements for in and around Burgess Hill.
We have now completed several new and sustainable walking and cycling routes across Burgess Hill. These walking and cycling paths link to key locations across the town. Take a look at the below video of the routes and check them out as soon as you can.
Place and Connectivity Programme
The improvements are being delivered through the Place and Connectivity Programme - a package of projects aimed at creating safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes and high-quality public spaces to encourage people to choose to walk, cycle and use public transport. The Programme is part of and is designed to support the Burgess Hill Growth Programme and will ensure that Burgess Hill grows sustainably.
The Place and Connectivity Programme sits alongside a proposed expanded bus service facilitated by the Brookleigh (Northern Arc) strategic development that will link to Brookleigh and other areas. There are also plans to improve Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations, with discussions being held with Network Rail to examine what wider improvements can be delivered beyond improved public realm and access arrangements.
Work to improve walking and cycling routes continues
Work is well underway to deliver new or improved walking and cycling routes in and around Burgess Hill. To date, 14km of improvements have been made.
The Western Gateway and Burgess Hill station scheme (Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Station Road, Burgess Hill Station and Keymer Road) and Wivelsfield station scheme (Leylands Road/ Wivelsfield station area), will commence July 2022 onwards. These schemes will provide much improved walking and cycling conditions. Alongside the remaining Phase 1 works, the work will complete spring 2023.
The work is being undertaken in phases, and may require temporary path closures and periodic traffic management. Residents and businesses close to the improvements will be informed and there will be advance warning signs put in place.
For more detail on the Western Gateway and Burgess Hill Station scheme, being delivered by West Sussex County Council pls see: Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Phase One .
The below map shows progress to date.
Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme
Part of the Burgess Hill Growth Programme
Better Links To Your Town Centre
The £21.8m package of transport improvements for the town centre will help create more sustainable transport measures, improve connectivity, congestion and journey times. This will include improved access arrangements for Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations as well as new and improved cycle routes across town.View
Upgrading Road Infrastructure
A £23m investment into the A2300 will help drive forward the new high-tech corridor of business park developments by widening and upgrading this main access route into Burgess Hill from the A23. These improvements will help relieve congestion and also help provide a better onward link to the wider south east region.View