Link road on track to open in spring 2015

CONSTRUCTION work on the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road has received a glowing mid-term report and is expected to open on time.

The project is progressing well, according to East Sussex County Council and is on course to open in spring 2015.

Since work began £2.6 million has been spent on security for six-mile long site which stretches from Crowhurst Road in St Leonards to London Road in Bexhill.

Protestors took to the trees last December in Sidley and Crowhurst to stop chainsaws in their attempt to halt the £100 million plus project.

After that difficult start, work is ‘progressing well,’ according to the county council and on schedule.

So far work has cost around £29.7 million from the first site clearances and setting up haul routes for construction traffic.

The main focus has been on the Bexhill connection, which runs along the disused railway line, as the aim is to have this section open this spring to allow it to be used as a diversion while contractors demolish and reconstruct the bridge on Ninfield Road.

In the rural areas the main focus of works has been ground improvement to provide a base for the road to be built on.

Over winter ESCC will monitor the settlement of these areas before earthworks recommence in the spring.

Work will continue however on some of the bridges in the rural areas including the bridge to cross the Hastings to London railway line as well as the realignment of Crowhurst Road.

ESCC claims it has managed impact on the environment by working within seasonal constraints and under close supervision of ecologists. It adds that the route was chosen to avoid Sites of Special Scientific Interest, however this presented challenges from running over soft ground in the valley. This required four large areas of ground improvement using specialist equipment to install drains and piles. Main earthworks are due to begin this spring.