Cash boost for East Sussex roads

ROADS across East Sussex will be getting a new lease of life – thanks to a £4.7 million cash injection.

The extra Government funding will allow East Sussex Highways to improve and ‘pothole-proof’ an additional 15 miles of road at 37 locations around the county.

The first sections to be delivered using the funding have been completed on the A259 Upperton Road, in Eastbourne, and the A259 Rye Road, in Hastings, while the rest of the work will be carried out between now and July.

The additional work is on top of the £16.6 million being spent this financial year to improve 145 miles of road and 20 miles of pavement.

Cllr Nick Bennett, East Sussex County Council lead member for transport and environment, said: “The best way of managing potholes and other defects is to stop them forming in the first place.

“Throughout the year our highways teams do a fantastic job of identifying which roads will need work to keep them in a good condition and scheduling improvement work accordingly.

“This extra funding is very much welcome and will allow us to carry out improvements on roads we’d identified would need work in the short to medium term, but didn’t previously have funding for.

“It will allow highways to do even more to give motorists a safer, smoother journey and to ensure East Sussex benefits from an excellent, well-maintained roads network.”

Work to be carried out as a result of the extra funding includes resurfacing of Wrestwood Road, in Bexhill, Priory Street, in Lewes, and Railway Road, in Newhaven.

Improvements will also take place on the A26 Uckfield Road, Ringmer, on the seafront De La Warr Parade, in Bexhill, on Mount Street, in Battle, and in Ditchling, Ewhurst, Frant and Guestling.

Schemes being carried out include carriageway reconstruction and resurfacing, less extensive surface dressing, patching – where small areas of defective road are fixed – and joint repairs.

Work already carried out across the county in 2018-19 has included a major improvement scheme in High Street, Heathfield, reconstruction of Langney Rise, Eastbourne and work on the A22 between Polegate and Hailsham.

Details of forthcoming roadworks can be found on the East Sussex Highways website at


Roads to benefit from work as a result of the additional Government funding are:

Mount Street, Battle (patching)

Starvecrow Lane, Beckley (resurfacing)

De La Warr Parade, Bexhill (patching)
Wrestwood Road, Bexhill (resurfacing)

Bodiam Road, Ewhurst (patching)

Clayton Road, Ditchling (patching and surface treatment)
High Street, Ditchling (resurfacing)

Fairfield Road, Eastbourne (resurfacing)
Langney Road, Eastbourne (resurfacing)
Northiam Road, Eastbourne (reconstruction)
Osbourne Road, Eastbourne (patching and jointing)
Southbourne Road, Eastbourne (patching)
Upperton Road, Eastbourne (resurfacing) – COMPLETED

Bayham Road, Frant (surface treatment)

Friars Hill, Guestling (resurfacing)
Higham Gardens, Guestling (resurfacing)

Blackman Avenue, Hastings (patching)
Highlea Close, Hastings (resurfacing)
Holmesdale Gardens, Hastings (patching)
Ledsham Park, Hastings (resurfacing)
Queens Road, Hastings (surface treatment)
Rye Road, Hastings (resurfacing) – COMPLETED
Swallow Bank, Hastings (resurfacing)
The Green, Hastings (resurfacing)
The Suttons, Hastings (resurfacing)
Wishing Tree Road North, Hastings (resurfacing)

High Street, Lewes (patching)
Little East Street, Lewes (resurfacing / surface treatment)
Malling Down, Lewes (surface treatment)
Malling Street, Lewes (surface treatment)
Phoenix Causeway, Lewes (bridge repairs)
Priory Street, Lewes (resurfacing)
St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes (patching)

Avis Road, Newhaven (jointing and surface treatment)
Railway Road, Newhaven (resurfacing)

Uckfield Road, Ringmer (surface treatment)

Blackman Avenue, St Leonards (patching)