Plans for new A259 bridge approved by South Downs National Park

An £8million bridge project over the A259 has been approved by a National Park.

The Exceat Bridge Scheme involves the realignment and replacement of an existing single lane bridge on the A259 over the River Cuckmere. It will be replaced with a new two-lane, two-lane footpath bridge, including reprofiling of the river and road banks.

The existing bridge was built circa 1870 to allow horses and carts to cross the river but has caused a bottleneck for traffic through East Sussex.

Plans for the new bridge, which is expected to take two years to build, have been approved by the South Downs National Park Authority.

However, the development has proved controversial, with one campaign group calling the new bridge “unnecessary”.

Transport Futures East Sussex County Officer Derrick Coffee said traffic lights on the bridge, which have been in place on either side of the bridge for several months, have helped solve congestion problems.

Lewes MP Maria Caulfield called the project’s approval “brilliant news”.

She said: “We have worked tirelessly to get planning for the Exceat Bridge Scheme approved and I am delighted that it has now been approved and work can finally begin.” Plans for new A259 bridge approved by South Downs National Park

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