Eight weeks of works to create link road greenway

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Work to create a greenway running along the Bexhill-Hastings link road is due to start on Monday (April 4).

The work is expected to last up to eight weeks and although the council maintains there will be ‘little disruption’ to motorists, traffic management measures will be in place.

Part of the link road, the Combe Valley Way, will have a temporary 40mph speed limit while the work is ongoing.

Temporary traffic lights will also be put in place at two locations.

The work will be carried out on the greenway, not the actual road itself.

The greenway will provide a route separate from the main road for cyclists, walkers and horseriders.

The work will start about 500m west of the Queensway junction, extending west for about 1,500m.

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “As part of the Link Road scheme, our contractor is finalising work on the greenway which will provide a safe, green route separate from the main road for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. To allow the contractor safe access to the site, traffic management measures will be put in place on a section of Combe Valley Way, including a temporary 40 mph speed limit.

“Temporary traffic signals will also be in place at two points but will operate only when lorries are turning into and out of the site.

“The traffic management measures begin on Monday, April 4, and are expected to last for six to eight weeks.

“There will be no work on the road itself and the measures we’ve put in place mean there should be little disruption to motorists.”

Combe Valley Way opened to much fanfare on December 17 despite protests from campaign groups.

It was originally scheduled to open in May, 2015, but in December, 2014, the council blamed wet weather and unexpected archaeological finds for hampering work on the multimillion pound project.

Combe Valley Way stretches three-and-a-half miles and as well as improving transport links between Hastings and Bexhill, the council expects the road to bring in around £1bn of investment, with the creation of 2,000 new homes, 3,000 new jobs and the development of business space.

At the end of 2015, a major tree and shrub planting programme saw 108,000 trees planted along the route.

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