Queensway Gateway, Hastings

We’re developing the Queensway Gateway – a new road which will connect Queensway with Sedlescombe Road North (the A21) in northern Hastings/St Leonards. It will improve local traffic flows and, by providing access to business development sites, support long term local job creation.

We consulted local people on the scheme. Attached here is a copy of the presentation we gave to local people and councillors at Hastings Borough Council’s Planning Forum meeting. This shows how the scheme fits within our broader set of regeneration projects, the road outline, suggested landscaping (also shown below) and the implications for local traffic flows.

This scheme received planning consent and we’re now taking this project forward. We cleared the area of vegetation and completed site investigations to enable construction to begin in October 2016.

The first phase of works, involving strengthening the ground and installing drainage, was completed in May 2017 as outlined here. In March 2017, Roads Minister Andrew Jones MP visited the site with Hastings MP Amber Rudd and East Sussex County Council Leader Keith Glazier to view the progress of the project – see more here.

In March 2019, we completed the western section of the road and opened it for access only to the businesses at the western end of Whitworth Road, including the Emmaus charity secondhand store. This now needs to be reached from Queensway via the newly opened section of road, as construction of the new road’s eastern side has meant needing to close Whitworth Road at its western end (access to Rambler Coaches, Bartletts SEAT garage and ATB Bike Sales is unaffected).

The next step is to make a temporary connection between the road as currently completed and the A21 — to allow vehicles to use it for through journeys and reduce the traffic on the Ridge. We’re aiming to open this temporary connection by spring 2020.

In parallel with this, we’ll build the final route, with a roundabout to form a permanent connection to the A21.