A27 East of Lewes

One of a package of four schemes to reduce congestion on the A27.

Start date Spring 2020
End date 2023
Cost £75 million

Latest updates

  • 02 December 2021

    What's happening this December

    Wilmington Junction surfacing

    Between Tuesday 7 December to Friday 10 December and from Monday 13 December to Wednesday 15 December, the A27 will be closed between the Berwick Roundabout and Folkington and there will be no access from either The Street or Thornwell Road on to the A27.  Access for residents within the closure will be under escort by a member of our traffic management team only.

    The Street was opened to traffic last Friday 26 November, earlier than we’d planned.  We have experienced some delays in the supply of some essential materials needed to finish off the works at Wilmington. We’re working to resolve these issues as soon as we are able and apologise for the inconvenience.

    Polegate Junction

    We have finished the surfacing and have no more night works planned. We do have some minor snagging to do and so some daytime lane closures will be in place.

    New path

    We’re working on our plans for the second phase of our scheme to build a new path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders due for completion in Spring 2023. We’ll share more details when we are able.

  • 19 November 2021

    No more night work at Polegate for now

    We’re pleased to tell you that we have finished the overnight surfacing works at Polegate. Thank you for your patience.

    Road Closure

    The A27 will be closed at Wilmington overnight from 8pm until 6am from Monday 22 November until Friday 26 November for final surfacing. The road will be closed at Berwick, at Folkington, at Thornwell Road and The Street. Signed diversions will be in place.

    We have more work to do in Wilmington in 2022. Our works on the new path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders will start again in the Spring. We will need traffic management on the A27 to lay new kerbs and other drainage.

    An update from the team on the potential Lewes to Polegate project

    In our last newsletter of 5 November 2021, we introduced the A27 Lewes to Polegate team. Their project is one of a number of potential, future improvements to major roads being considered for the future.

    The stretch of the A27 between Lewes to Polegate is one of 32 stretches of road being considered for improvements. It is important to note that while none of these stretches are definitely going ahead, there are teams doing development work on them which will culminate in the best options eventually being presented to the public for feedback. 

    As part of this early work, on 23 and 24 November 2021, the project team will be doing ecology surveys in the area.

    These surveys help us understand the local environment, including wildlife habitats. These surveys will be carried over a large area to help inform our design.

    The purpose of these surveys is to:

    • observe and record local wildlife and habitats
    • perform assessments of seasonal ecology
    • identify notable landscape and archaeological features
    • analyse drainage systems
    • monitor sound and vibrations, and
    • form part of our study looking at traffic volumes and movements

    How to get in touch

    The webpage for our East of Lewes project (which is the one we’re currently building) is www.highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/south-east/a27-east-of-lewes.

    You can also contact us on a27eastoflewes@highwaysengland.co.uk or by calling the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000.

    More information about the A27 Lewes to Polegate scheme (the potential, future project) and all improvements under consideration for the future can be found at: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/pipeline-of-possible-future-schemes/

    You may also contact the National Highways project team directly at: a27lewestopolegate@highwaysengland.co.uk 

     

     

  • 10 November 2021

    Dormice and more

    Berwick – let sleepy mice sleep

    We’ve been waiting for an update from Natural England regarding the dormouse licence we require to work near the dormouse we found recently.  Unfortunately, the winter hibernation season has now started for our special resident. Instead of waking him up, we will be working to complete our other works on Station Road over the next few weeks. Both Station Road and Pound Lane will be reopened for all traffic by Monday 13 December.  We will return to build the new path between Drusillas roundabout and Berwick Station next spring. We’ll have to close Station Road and Pound Lane again to do this.

    Polegate

    We’re sorry that we’ve not finished the resurfacing yet. The weather has been wet and this has caused delays as surfaces have to be dry to bond together well.  We’ve booked in two more night closures on Monday 15 November and Tuesday 16 November between 8pm and 6am just in case we’re further delayed next week.

    Wilmington

    We’re making great progress at Wilmington and are now aiming to reopen the junction of the A27 with The Street by Friday 19 November 2021, with a temporary surface. We’ve booked five nights of overnight works from 8pm until 6am from Monday 22 November to Friday 26 November to complete the final resurfacing.  We may be able to do the surfacing sooner and will update you. The road will be closed at Berwick, at Folkington, at Thornwell Road and The Street. Signed diversions will be in place.

    We’ve received feedback that the diversion route is prone to flooding. We’re aware of this and are completing patrols of the route to keep an eye on the water levels.  We’re able to clear the flooding if necessary and in the event of an absolute emergency would be able to enable access through our working area under a traffic management safety escort.

    An update on the proposal to further improve the A27 between Lewes and Polegate

    National Highways has begun the early work to identify the best ways to improve safety and traffic flow on the A27 between Lewes and Polegate.

    This scheme is one of 32 that Government has asked National Highways to develop as part of the Third Road Investment Strategy (RIS3) for the period between 2025 and 2030.

    The results of this work will be presented to Government for consideration for delivery from 2025 onwards. Only those schemes that best meet the objectives to improve safety, improve traffic flow, minimise environmental impact and demonstrate consideration of the views and experiences of people living and working in the area will be taken forward. All options must also show that they are economically viable.

    We understand how vital it is that we get as much feedback as possible and as the work progresses, we will be offering a comprehensive programme of consultation events and opportunities to make sure we hear from local people, businesses and relevant organisations.

    Even at this early stage in our planning, it’s essential we understand the areas that may be near any potential project. At the end of October, we sought to contact local landowners to ask for permission to access their land to conduct environmental surveys. These surveys record local wildlife, local habitat and assess seasonal ecology. The information collected helps the team identify notable landscape and archaeological features, analyse drainage systems, monitor for sound and vibration, as well as study traffic volumes and movements. At this stage, National Highways have not identified any land that may be affected by the scheme.

    We'll be keeping local communities up to date on the progress of how we develop this improvement work. We will also continue working increasingly closely with residents and local businesses as different options are identified.

    More information about the A27 Lewes to Polegate scheme and all 32 RIS3 schemes can be found at: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/our-work/pipeline-of-possible-future-schemes/.

    You may also contact the National Highways project team directly at: a27lewestopolegate@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • 25 October 2021

    End in sight at Polegate Junction

    After an unplanned closure of the stretch between Beddingham and Polegate last Friday afternoon where there was a serious car accident, we’re still due to finish our work at Polegate by the end of November

    Unfortunately, we’re doing surfacing work which is entirely weather dependent, so if it rains we can’t lay tarmac because it won’t take, so we may have to add additional night closures to catch up on nights when we can’t work. We’ll keep you updated.

    We’re planning the following overnight (8pm and 6am) closures up until mid-November:

    • Monday 25 October and Tuesday 26 October Polegate Bypass – both directions
    • Wednesday 27 to Friday 29 October Gainsborough Lane junction towards Polegate junction
    • Monday 1 November until Thursday 4 November Gainsborough Lane and National Highways Polegate yard to Polegate junction Grand Parade affecting Stud Farm
    • Monday 8 November until Friday 12 November Railway bridge towards the Wannock crossroads.

    Access to the Stud Farm Estate while we’re working

    Between 25 October and 26 October, access to the Stud Farm estate will be from the Harvester and Folkington directions. Between Wednesday 27 October and Friday 29 October and then 1 November to 4 November, access will be from either direction under escort only. Please put your hazard lights on and follow the escort. Between 8 November and 12 November, access to the Stud Farm estate will be from Harvester and Folkington directions only.

    If you have any questions about the scheme or the closures, please ring the National Highways Customer Call Centre on 0300 123 5000 or email the project team on a27eastoflewes@highwaysengland.co.uk.

  • 15 October 2021

    Mid October update

    By Monday 18 October, we will have finished the surfacing and removed the traffic management. The closure of Station Road and Pound Lane will remain in place while we build the new path between Berwick roundabout and the station. We’ve found a dormouse there for the first time, they’re protected and so we can’t carry on until we have a special licence to work near them. We’ve already applied for it and we’re waiting for Natural England’s response.

    We’re nearly there – the final stages of the Polegate Junction work

    We will be working to finish the Polegate improvements between Monday 18 October and Friday 4 November. Unfortunately, the surfacing is weather dependent as if it rains, the tarmac does not take, and we may have to add an extra week of night closures. We’ll keep you updated.

    The sections will be completed using overnight closures in place between 8pm and 6am as follows:

    •  Monday 18 October to Friday 22 October from the Polegate Junction bridge towards the Harvester
    • Monday 25 October and Tuesday 26 October Polegate Bypass
    • Wednesday 27 October and Thursday 28 October Gainsborough Lane and Lewes Road affecting Stud Farm
    • Friday 29 October National Highways Polegate yard to Polegate junction Grand Parade affecting Stud Farm
    • Monday 1 November to Wednesday 3 November Polegate Junction to past the Gainsborough Lane junction affecting Grand Parade, Stud Farm and Gainsborough Lane
    • Thursday 4 November Polegate Junction island affecting Grand Parade

    Access to the Stud Farm Estate during the three weeks of closures from 18 October

    Between 18 October and 26 October, access to the Stud Farm estate will be from the West (Berwick) direction only.  From 27 October to 4 November, access to the Stud Farm estate will be from the East (Polegate) direction only.  Please put your hazard lights on and follow the escort. To keep everyone safe, please don’t overtake the escort.

  • 05 October 2021

    What’s happening at…..

    Polegate Bypass

    You can’t see us working on the stretch between Cophall and Polegate at the moment – but we are! The road is made up of three layers - a concrete base, a surface layer and a binder course and we’ve found a problem with the some of the joints that keep the layers together. We’re testing the joints and waiting for a specialist contractor to confirm whether or not they’re strong enough for us to lay a new surface. So the new bypass can’t open fully quite yet.

    Berwick

    There'll be more night closures between the Berwick roundabout and Polegate from Monday 4 October until Saturday 16 October between 8pm and 6am. The first week is so that we can carry out a camera survey of the drainage system, the second is so we can complete the final resurfacing of the roundabout. Please note, the road will be open on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October overnight.

    Berwick diversion route

    Wilmington

    We’ll be closing the A27 here on Friday 22 October between 8pm and 6am the following morning. The existing traffic management set up will be removed and reinstalled on the south side of the A27 to allow us to work on that side. Thornwell Road will reopen and The Street will close.

    Wilmington diversion route

     Polegate Junction

    We will be completing the final resurfacing works at Polegate Junction from Monday 18 October until Thursday 4 November. We can’t close the A27 during the day and so we have to work at night between 8pm and 6am.  We will provide more details about where we are working when in due course.

    Polegate Junction diversion route

  • 31 August 2021

    Polegate update

    East of Lewes scheme

    The northbound side of the Polegate bypass was open over the Bank Holiday weekend along with part of the southbound side. We did this as we knew the road would be busy and it would help ease congestion.

    We now need to reinstate the lane closures on both sides so we can finish the remaining work. It means there might be more congestion again until we can open both sides fully, which we hope to do this weekend (4 September).  At the same time we also hope to have the junction at Gainsborough Lane open.

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  • 06 August 2021

    Polegate - Overnight closures on the A27 – a reminder

    The A27 will be closed between Polegate Junction and the Cophall roundabout for ten nights from Monday 9 August until Friday 20 August.  Our working hours will be between 8.00pm and 6.00am from Monday to Friday.  A signed diversion will be in place. This is to complete the final resurfacing and line marking.  We would like to apologise for any nuisance these works will cause.

    From Monday 9 August until Friday 20 August, Gainsborough Lane will be closed at the junction with the A27 while work to install the new traffic lights is started. This will involve ducting and laying new cables. We are unable to do this safely and keep the junction open. Access to and from the Stud Farm Estate will be from Brown Jack Avenue while the closure is in place.

    Wilmington – delayed work

    There have been delays to some of the environmental licences we need before we can start work in Wilmington.  The closure, which was due to start on Monday 9 August, has been delayed until further notice. We will give at least one week’s notice of the new date before starting. Please note that when the road closure of Thornwell Road is in place, access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders will be maintained. All business will be open as usual.

    Please let us know if you’d like to be removed from the distribution list by emailing A27eastoflewes@highwaysengland.co.uk or by calling our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 

    Confirmed orders published

    Confirmed orders are now available to view. Please go the the Highways Act 1980 folder in the Documents sections below.

     

  • 30 July 2021

    Progress update

    A27 East of Lewes work

    We’re progressing well with our first phase of work which includes widening Polegate junction, adding an extra lane between the Polegate and Cophall roundabouts and doubling the size of Drusillas roundabout.

    We’ll start work on our second phase, which will be a new 12km long path for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, later this year. Once complete the A27 East of Lewes scheme will open access to the South Downs National Park, reduce customer journey time and increase local biodiversity by 15%.

    Surveys

    In the last few months, we have been carrying out archaeological investigations along the A27 East of Lewes scheme. Following our surveys in January that came up with evidence of some medieval field boundaries, we have carried out work in trial trenches at 17 separate locations along the route. Following our investigations, we haven’t come across any historic items but we have logged our general findings for future use.

    We will be carrying out our next phase of archaeological works later in the year in an area where there may be early and pre-human finds. This work will involve sinking boreholes to take samples, which we will then analyse to determine what is there.

    These archaeological works are just a small part of what we are doing to ensure we protect the surrounding environment from the work we are carrying out. We have also carried out a number of geological and geophysical surveys to get a better understanding of the area.

    We value your feedback

    Visit our A27 East of Lewes interactive feed back tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback. This is a one-way feedback tool so if you would like a response to your feedback please email the project team at: A27EastofLewes@highwaysengland.co.uk 

    Map of A27 East of Lewes project

  • 15 March 2021

    Polegate junction work continues

    We need to install drainage and manholes across the carriageway at Polegate junction. This means we will be working at night to reduce traffic congestion. The work will take place from Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March 2021 between 8pm and 6am.

    We will also be working from Monday 22 March to Thursday 25 March 2021 between 8pm and 6am. Temporary traffic management will be in place. No road closures are required.

    Piling work begins

    Piling work to reinforce the carriageway alongside the Highways England maintenance depot also starts on Monday 15 March. Work will take place during the day as it will be noisy and generate vibrations. It’s expected to last for no longer than three weeks. The noise and vibration levels will reduce the further away you are from the works. As a precaution you might want to remove precious items from shelves and take pictures or video of any walls you might be concerned about. We will be closely monitoring noise and vibration levels before and during the work. You can contact us via the Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email to a27eastoflewes@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Central reservation

    From the start of April we will be creating a central reservation between Cophall roundabout and Polegate junction. This will mean north and eastbound traffic using the western side lane and south and westbound traffic using the eastern side lane. The road from Cophall roundabout to Polegate junction will need to be closed overnight to allow us to move the traffic management set up. The road between Polegate junction and Cophall roundabout will be closed from Friday 26 March to Sunday 28 March 2021 between 8pm and 6am. The diversion will be via Polegate High Street.

    To make sure we are prepared for the traffic management change above, we will be working beyond our normal hours on Saturday 20 March from 1pm to 6pm and on Sunday 21 March from 8am to 4pm.

  • 26 January 2021

    Work at Polegate and Berwick roundabout

    Following a short closure, our site at Polegate is now open again and work has resumed. The small number of staff with positive Covid tests are recovering well. All other staff are self-isolated in line with government guidelines.

    At Polegate, we will be working from 7.30am to 5.00pm Saturday 6 and 8.00am to 4.00pm Sunday 7 February 2021. This work will include top soiling, kerb laying and sweeping.

    We are increasing the size of Berwick roundabout to improve traffic flow along the A27. In addition to this we are creating a new shared cycle and footpath from Drusillas roundabout to join the existing path from Berwick station. This will connect with our planned shared cycleway and footpath from Polegate to Firle. This work is expected to be completed by January 2022.

    We are clearing vegetation and hedges around the roundabout to create a safe working area. The site compound should be completed by 22 February.

    In response to feedback from cyclists we are looking at alternatives to the Common Lane diversion. Station Road and Pound Lane are closed to vehicles other than for access to properties.

  • 08 January 2021

    Berwick roundabout improvements starting this month

    From Monday 18 January Station Road will be closed between Common Lane and the A27 junction. The diversion will be along Common Lane. Access to Pound Lane from the A27 will be for residents only. Access to Old Leylands Barn will be from the northern end of Station Road.

    From Monday 25 January the A27 at Berwick will be closed for night works. We'll be removing the existing roundabout and islands. Traffic management will be in place for eight nights from 8pm to 6am Monday 25 to Thursday 28 January and from Monday 1 to Thursday 4 February 2021. The diversion will be the A26 and A259. Local traffic requiring access will be escorted.

    Major work to improve traffic flow at the Berwick roundabout will provide space for two lanes of traffic to travel around the roundabout. These changes will improve journey reliability and make the roundabout safer for all road users.

    We're sorry for the inconvenience and disruption these works will cause. Please let us know if you feel we could improve the way we're working on this section of the scheme.

    As part of our commitment to reducing, recycling and reusing, moving forward, we won't be posting letters to local residents. We can add you to our email update list (not for marketing purposes). Please email A27EastofLewes@highwaysengland.co.uk asking to be added. You can be removed at any time by emailing the same address. You can also get free text updates by texting A27EoL to 60613 or you can call Highways England on 0300 123 5000.

  • 08 April 2020

    Main works to start in April/May 2020

    We will start the main works towards the end of April/beginning of May – this work will be carried out under lane closures along the Polegate Bypass between Polegate and the Cophall roundabout.

  • 05 March 2020

    Preparatory work due to start in March 2020

    Following consultation and our public information events, we have now been granted permission to start work on the scheme. We are now planning to start work on site by the end of March. This work will include establishing a site compound and clearing sections of the site in preparation. This work will not have any major impact on road users.

    Additionally, the Compulsory Purchase and Side Road orders for Polegate and Berwick junctions have been confirmed and the General Vesting Declaration process has begun. All documentation, including the S15 notices is available in the Media and Documents section below under Highways Act. Hard copies were available at deposit point locations but these have closed due to Covid-19. For hard copies, please email the scheme inbox at A27EastofLewes@higwaysengland.co.uk

Project information

Overview

The A27 to the east of Lewes suffers from congestion due to the narrow carriageway and low capacity at junctions. There are limited overtaking opportunities, meaning that traffic regularly queues behind cyclists and other slow moving vehicles.

The aim of this scheme is to address safety, capacity, sustainability and accessibility issues on this stretch of the A27. We aim to:

  • reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27 section
  • promote modes of travel and behaviours which minimise traffic and congestion
  • provide safer roads
  • connect communities currently separated by the route
  • improve accessibility for all users into the South Downs National Park
  • minimise impact on natural environment

Documents

Side Roads Order - Schedule and plans
Side Roads Order - Public Notice
Compulsory Purchase Order – Order and Schedule booklet
Compulsory Purchase Order - Plans
Compulsory Purchase Order - Public Notice
Statement of Reasons
Statement of Reasons - Addendum
Preliminary Design Drawing - Berwick 
Preliminary Design Drawing - Gainsborough Lane 
Preliminary Design Drawing - Polegate Bypass 1
Preliminary Design Drawing - Polegate Bypass 2 
Preliminary Design Drawing - Polegate 
Shared Use Path Side Roads Order Schedule and Plans
Shared Use Path Side Roads Order Public Notice
Shared Use Path Compulsory Purchase Order - Order and Schedule booklet
Shared Use Path Compulsory Purchase Order - Plans
Shared Use Path Compulsory Purchase Order - Commons Replacement Plans
Shared Use Path Compulsory Purchase Order Public Notice
Shared Use Path - Statement of Reasons
General Arrangement – Order Plans Shared Use Path
Polegate and Berwick made order (Compulsory Purchase Order)
Polegate and Berwick made order (Side Roads Order)
General Vesting Declaration (GVD) Unknown owner 1
General Vesting Declaration (GVD) Unknown owner 2
General Vesting Declaration (GVD) Unknown owner 3
General Vesting Declaration (GVD) Unknown owner 4
General Vesting Declaration (GVD) Unknown owner 5
Shared Use Path - Compulsory Purchase Order - Plans 
Shared Use Path - MOD 1 
Shared Use Path - MOD 2
Shared Use Path - Statement of Reasons Addendum
Confirmed Order - Shared Use Path - Side Roads Order
Confirmed Order - Shared Use Path - Compulsory Purchase Order
Shared Use Path GVD No.1
Shared Use Path GVD No.2
Shared Use Path GVD No.3
Shared Use Path GVD No.4
Shared Use Path GVD No.5
Shared Use Path GVD No.6
Shared Use Path GVD No.7
Shared Use Path GVD No.8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 1 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 2 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 3 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 4 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 5 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 6 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 7 of 8

Environmental Assessment Report Part 8 of 8

EAR Appendix 1.1 - Legislation and Policy

EAR Appendix 2.1 - DBA ALC

EAR Appendix 2.2 - Arboriculture

EAR Appendix 4.1 - Scope Table (extract)

EAR Appendix 5.1 - 5.8

EAR Appendix 6.1 - Setting Assessment

EAR Appendix 6.2 - Baseline

EAR Appendix 6.3

EAR Appendix 7.1 - Public Views Summary Note

EAR Appendix 7.2 - Residential and Private Views Summary Notes

EAR Appendix 8-1 - Habitat Survey Part 1 of 2

EAR Appendix 8-1 - Habitat Survey Part 2 of 2

EAR Appendix 8-2 - PBRA

EAR Appendix 8-3 - Dormouse Survey Report

EAR Appendix 8-4 - GCN Survey Report

EAR Appendix 8-6 - Desk study 2019 update

EAR Appendix 8-7 - Otter and Watervole Appraisal

EAR Appendix 8-8 - Biodiversity Net Gain Part 1 of 2

EAR Appendix 8-8 - Biodiversity Net Gain Part 2 of 2

EAR Appendix 9-1a - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1b - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1c - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1d - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1e - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1f - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1g - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 9-1h - Envirocheck historical mapping

EAR Appendix 10.1 - Materials Assessment Criteria

EAR Appendix 11.1-11.8 - Noise

EAR Appendix 12. 1 - Health baseline

EAR Appendix 12.2 - Driver Stress

EAR Appendix 12.3 - Employee Jobs Table

EAR Appendix 13.1 - FRA

EAR Appendix 14.1 - Vulnerability Assessment

EAR Appendix 14.2 - Risk Assessment - Final

EAR Addendum Part 1 of 2

EAR Addendum Part 2 of 2

EAR Addendum Appendix Part 1 of 3

EAR Addendum Appendix Part 2 of 3

EAR Addendum Appendix Part 3 of 3

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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