08 February 2017
Mid Sussex District Council's (MSDC) growth proposals for Burgess Hill took another step forward today after securing, with support from West Sussex County Council (WSCC), a £14.9m funding package for transport and other infrastructure improvements in the town. This comes from the latest round of awards from the Local Growth Fund run by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
This supplements the £16.96m already secured from the Local Growth Fund to assist with the upgrading of the A2300. The latest funding award will be targeted at improving traffic flows as well as providing new infrastructure to build a more sustainable transport package for Burgess Hill and the surrounding area.
MSDC is working closely with WSCC and Burgess Hill Town Council (BHTC) 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
The growth of Burgess Hill over the next 15 years will see significant investment from both the private and public sector in around 5000 new homes, two new business parks and a new town centre. This latest award from the Government is vital in supporting the delivery of a sustainable transport package that will link together the areas of development, the business parks and the town centre and sensibly mitigate the impacts of increased traffic.
Cllr Garry Wall, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said: “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.”
Cllr Andrew Barrett-Miles, Leader of Burgess Hill Town Council added “This is a very welcome and important step in the delivery of the wider strategy developed by the Council in 2010”
For more information on the regeneration of Burgess Hill process contact the Mid Sussex District Council Press Office on 01444 477387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org