Motorists in Crowborough are set for a smoother ride after a major programme of road improvements was announced.
East Sussex Highways have planned a programme of structural repairs and carriageway resurfacing works starting in the spring, once the current gas main works have been completed in the town centre.
SGN Southern Gas Networks, the company responsible for the gas distribution network, are currently replacing the gas main along part of Croft Road and the High Street. This work is scheduled to be finished on 17th April.
Once the gas main work has been completed, contractors for East Sussex County Council, will start major structural work on four town roads. There will also be drainage improvements on six roads.
Road improvements will be carried out on Croft Road, Whitehill Road, Eridge Road and Beacon Road. There will also be drainage works on other roads in the Crowborough, including Sheep Plain / Hurtis Hill, Crowborough Hill, St John’s Road and Ghyll Road.
Provisional dates for some of the roads have been announced while others are to be confirmed, depending on Southern Gas Networks completing their work on time and any unforeseen circumstances.
Cllr Claire Dowling, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said:
We’re very aware that there have been concerns from some residents about the condition of a number of main roads in Crowborough but we’ve had to hold our works until after the gas main replacements.
Southern Gas Networks have now begun their work which means we’re now in a position to confirm some major improvements which will make a real difference to motorists in the town.
The drainage improvements, while less visible, are just as important in ensuring we’re able to resolve some of the drainage and flooding issues which have been raised.
With any scheme on this scale there will be some disruption, but I’d urge people in Crowborough to bear with us, as these significant improvements will have long-term benefits to many people who live and work in the town.
During the highway works, Croft Road will be closed to through traffic for 4-weeks, followed by Whitehill Road for a similar length of time.
To enable the work on the A26 Eridge Road, there will be temporary traffic lights in the daytime, controlling traffic flow, with overnight closures for resurfacing.
Where road closures are in place, Highways crews will allow access for residents and traders where possible, but there may be delays. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
Provisional timetable for Crowborough work
The sequence and type of carriageway works are as follows.
Road improvements (pink on map)
- Croft Road deep structural repairs and resurfacing up to 4 weeks under 24 hour road closure 20th April to 15th May (map).
- Whitehill Road deep structural repairs and resurfacing up to 4 weeks under 24 hour road closure to follow on from Croft Road (estimated 18th May to 12th June) (map)
- Eridge Road localised limited deep structural repairs and resurfacing up to 10 days work some daytime under two-way lights with night closures for surfacing estimated start 15th June (map).
- Beacon Road localised patch repairs up to 10 days under night closures to follow on from Eridge Road works (road to be surface dressed in 2021).
Drainage improvements (blue on map)
- Eridge Road, starts in March for two weeks, in-between Southern Gas Networks work, standard working hours with lane closures
- Sheep Plain, starts 16th March for two weeks, 24-hour closure
- Ghyll Road, starts 18th May for four weeks, 24-hour closure
- Harlequin Lane, Crowborough Hill, St John’s Road, dates, working hours and traffic management to be confirmed
Karl Taylor, East Sussex County Council director of operations, added:
I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience. We have deliberately held off our works until completion of the gas main works to save having to dig up newly resurfaced roads.
More information about all forthcoming roadworks is available on the East Sussex Highways website at www.eastsussexhighways.com.