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Eastbourne & Willingdon Lib Dems

A27 reference Group to meet in Eastbourne

July 16, 2014 4:11 PM

It has been announced that the next meeting of the Department of Transport's A27 Reference Group will be held in Eastbourne on the 7th of August. The group has been set up to oversee the Department's review of options to improve the troublesome sections across the A27 and ensure that stakeholder's views are being taken into account.

Stephen Lloyd MP said: "I am delighted our A27 campaign continues on course and that the next meeting of the Reference Group, run by the Department for Transport, is to be held in Eastbourne. This was something I asked for, so I'm pleased the Department has agreed. It is important the other members of the committee wholly understand just how grim the A27 from Lewes to Eastbourne is, particularly at the pinch points at rush hour. With the meeting being held at our very own splendid Lansdowne Hotel at 0900, the other members of the Reference Group will have the dubious pleasure of experiencing our section of the A27 at rush hour, something Eastbourne has had to cope with for decades."

The first meeting of the group was held in June and focussed on the evidence gathered over the last few months into the worst sections of this trunk road, and the economic benefits that upgrades could bring to the local area. The DfT detailed in this report's first summary that along with other parts of the road the A27 corridor to the East of Lewes:

Finally they concluded that all these issues 'undermine scope for investment for investment and wider economic gains'