In February 2022 improvement works will start to two roundabouts north of Burgess Hill. They are programmed to take 6 months to complete.
The roundabouts are at the Fairbridge Way junction of Isaac’s Lane (A273) with Cuckfield Road (B2036) and, just to the south, the Marchants Way junction of the London Road (A273) with Sussex Way (B2036). As you know these roundabouts sit on a major arterial route into and out of Burgess Hill. The works on the publicly maintainable highway are being undertaken by Fairbridge Developments Ltd who have appointed Edburton Contractors.
The works are necessary to deal with the increasing level of traffic using the junctions. The benefits of the works include upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities, improved drainage and a new road surface, as well as the widening of single lane approaches to 2-lane entry to help reduce queue lengths.
These s278 works are a requirement of the planning permission for the redevelopment of the former sewage treatment works with 325 new dwellings, 30% of which are affordable.
Nearly £4m of indirect benefits will be delivered as part of the Section 106 agreement, with investment in education, sport, offsite play, health and library facilities.
North-south access into and out of Burgess Hill over the roundabouts will be maintained throughout the works, albeit with temporary traffic lights as necessary.
Access will also be maintained 7-days a week to the Burgess Hill Household Waste Amenity Site on Fairbridge Way. It is because of this that the works will take 6 months – but for this requirement the timescale would have been substantially shorter.
The Cuckfield Road will be closed so that the works can be completed more quickly, cause less disruption to drivers and provide a safer working environment for both the public and our workforce. Access, though, will be maintained to all businesses and residents via Ansty.
This closure will avoid an additional 4-6 weeks’ worth of disruption. It will enable us to have a larger working area on the west side of the Fairbridge Way roundabout and for a 3-way, rather than 4-way signal phase to be used which will reduce the “dead time” between signal phases thereby reducing queues. In addition it allows for the existing footpath on the western side of the Fairbridge Way roundabout to remain open.
A project website www.fairbridgewayroundabout.co.uk will be launched in October 2021, in advance of the delivery of a newsletter across the local area which will provide information as well as the opportunity to sign up for occasional email updates.