Link Road progress - but still no opening date

A view from Ninfield Road bridge looking north along the railway cutting SUS-150105-161355001
A view from Ninfield Road bridge looking north along the railway cutting SUS-150105-161355001

East Sussex County Council claims “good progress” is being made along the Bexhill-Hastings link road with some stages close to being finished.

It says the move to British Summer Time has enabled longer working days for contractors and now the project team is hoping the road will open later this year – however there is still no sign of when.

“We are now seeing good progress along the route of the road and significant areas are coming close to completion,” said Bob Pape, the link road project director for East Sussex County Council.

“In the next few months we expect to see a major transformation of the site.”

The exact opening date is dependent on a range of factors including weather, deliveries by suppliers, unforeseen technical issues and seasonally restricted environmental work.

Projects completed this month include the surfacing work and road markings at Belle Hill, in Bexhill, where the new road joins London Road, and lighting installation at 
the new Chapel Path underpass.

Environmental barriers have been installed along the tops of the railway cutting and slope stabilisation works are underway.

The construction of the replacement Ninfield Road bridge is rapidly taking shape with the bridge deck concrete pours due soon.

The utilities are due to be installed over the next few months.

Across the entire site, landscaping work is in progress, including the planting of new shrubs and trees and lighting is being installed at Queensway at the Hastings end of the new road.