THE CASE FOR WIDENING THE A27 TO BE PUT TO GOVERNMENT, SAYS MARIA

A27 dual carriageway business case ready for Ministers says Maria Caulfield MP

 

Maria Caulfield MP, Chairman of the A27 Reference Group, has announced that a business case to dual the A27 is ready to go before Government Ministers.

The business case is looking to gain £450 million worth of Government investment, as part of the RIS2 scheme, which would see a dual carriageway A27 between the Southerham Roundabout in Lewes and Polegate.

This scheme, which has cross party support from all of the local MPs in East Sussex, would see the 10.5 miles of single lane A27 between Lewes and Polegate finally turned into a dual carriageway. It is hoped that such a scheme would be drastically improve journey times across East Sussex for the many thousands of people who use the road each day. The knock on effect of improved journey times would be a welcome economic boast to the county.

The Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) will allocate funds for projects from 2020-2025. RIS 1 funded 100 major schemes across the UK with £15.2 billion of public money,  being spent between 2015 and 2020.

As Chairman of the A27 Reference Group Maria Caulfield MP has been leading the charge for a dual carriageway A27 between her constituency towns of Lewes and Polegate.

Maria Caulfield MP said “The A27 Reference Group has been working hard on a business case to Government showing the excellent benefits that the county and our economy would see from a dual carriageway A27 from Southerham to Polegate.”

“This proposal, unlike others that have fallen apart in West Sussex, has the backing of all MPs and Councils giving us a brilliant foundation to finally dual the A27.”

“Once the business case has been submitted the A27 Reference Group will be meeting with Government Ministers to enforce the message that East Sussex needs a dual carriageway on the A27. I am confident that this funding will be secured.”