Posted on: March 11, 2019
We fully opened the North Bexhill Access Road this afternoon to the north-west of Bexhill. The new road connects the Combe Valley Way (formerly known as the Bexhill-Hastings Link Road) through to Ninfield Road (the A269), just south of its junction with Freezeland Lane.
It includes a wide footpath and cycleway along its whole length, connecting to the ‘greenway’ that runs parallel to Combe Valley Way.
The new road is designed to reduce congestion around Sidley and improve local journey times. It also provides access to further development land, enabling us to create additional business premises to accommodate long-term local jobs.
As well as connecting to Combe Valley Way and Ninfield Road via new roundabouts, the North Bexhill Access Road links to Watermill Lane, enabling people to travel from Crowhurst and Catsfield to Sidley, Bexhill and Hastings, and vice versa.
While the southern (Sidley) end of Watermill Lane provides no vehicle access to the North Bexhill Access Road nor to the northern part of Watermill Lane, we have created a through-path and crossing for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders.
Buckholt Lane is now a no-through route beyond Oak Tree Farm for vehicles travelling from its southern end, although there is still through-access for pedestrians and cyclists via a new crossing. Properties along the northern end of Buckholt Lane can be accessed by vehicles via a roundabout on the North Bexhill Access Road.
We expanded the road construction project to include the simultaneous installation of a strategic water main and a high-voltage electricity supply to serve future businesses in the area, avoiding the need for disruption at a later date.
‘The North Bexhill Access Road’ has been a working title while the road has been under development, with Rother District Council set to give the road a permanent name.
We first consulted the community on proposals for the North Bexhill Access Road in summer 2015, before securing planning consent and starting construction in summer 2016.
Engineering design work for the road was carried out by Campbell Reith; Breheny Civil Engineering undertook the construction.
On the south side of Combe Valley Way, our latest office scheme – High Weald House – is in advanced stages of construction and scheduled to be completed later this spring.
For more information on the Bexhill Enterprise Park, visit www.bexhillenterprisepark.co.uk.