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A21: East Sussex

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the potential economic benefits to the East Sussex area of planned improvements to the A21. (243597)

No assessment has been made of the potential economic benefits at this stage. Consideration will be given to preparation of an economic impact report examining the economic effect of the A21 schemes on the Hastings regeneration area and will be published at the same time as draft Highways Act orders.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timescale is for the Bexhill Link Road Project; when he expects the link road to be completed; and if he will make a statement. (243598)

The proposed Bexhill to Hastings link road, a local major road scheme being promoted by East Sussex county council, was granted initial Government funding approval in December 2004 with an agreed funding contribution from the Department for Transport of £47.12 million towards the cost of the scheme.

The council has subsequently reported that the estimated total cost of the scheme has increased to £96 million. The council will now need to submit an updated business case to the Department in order that a re-appraisal can be undertaken in accordance with the Department’s guidance. This is needed to ensure that the scheme remains value for money at the higher cost before a final decision is taken on whether to provide additional funding.

The council are currently reporting that main construction works could commence in June 2010 with completion in December 2012. However this is subject to the scheme also completing necessary statutory and procurement procedures and also obtaining the relevant funding approvals from the Department before construction could commence.