The first package of main works to deliver town-wide walking and cycling improvements is progressing well with over 1.2km of works completed or near completion and a further 1km under active construction. By the end of 2021, it is anticipated that around 10km of safe, direct and attractive walking and cycling routes will have been created or improved.
Early 2021 will see the completion of upgraded walking and cycling connections to Sheddingdean Business Park and through the West End Recreation Ground in Burgess Hill. Other projects well underway include those at West Park Nature Reserve between Malthouse Lane and Poveys Close, at Holmesdale Woods between Chanctonbury Road and Potters Lane and to a major section of the Green Circle between Gatehouse Lane and Malthouse Lane.
These will then join the list of completed projects including a shared use path across the World’s End Recreation Ground and improvement work to Wivelsfield station bridge. Planned walking and cycling links from the south of Wivelsfield station will complement this scheme and work is due to start shortly.
Responses to the public engagement held in May and June 2020 have been used to inform the designs of walking and cycling improvements to the Town Centre Western Gateway between London Road and Queen Elizabeth Avenue and to the Burgess Hill Station area from Queen Elizabeth Avenue through to Station Road and Hoadlands Corner, all of which are progressing towards scheduled delivery in 2021/22.
There will be further public engagement in early 2021.
As a direct result of the public engagement, work will be carried out to explore the possibility of an additional pedestrian crossing on Leylands Road and a cycle link between Hurstpierpoint and Burgess Hill.
Feedback has also provided an opportunity to review the network of proposed traffic free links between Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath. Whilst a technical review is considering a number of potential routes to the west of the railway line, it has ruled out progressing a potential ‘eastern route’ from Valebridge Road in Burgess Hill to Fox Hill in Haywards Heath. This is due to the cost implications required to address issues of flooding and user safety.
Mid Sussex District Council is working with West Sussex County Council and the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership to deliver the Programme, supporting the strategic growth programme for Burgess Hill. The project is funded by a £22.8m of government grant, including Local Growth Funding and developer contributions.
To accommodate the improvements, temporary footpath closures may be required, and residents and businesses close to the improvements will be informed and advance warning signs put in place.
Further details on the Programme are available at: https://burgesshill.net/transport/sustainable-transport
Burgess Hill Place and Connectivity Programme Team