Business leaders have given their support to a new link road between Hastings and Bexhill which they say will help boost trade.
The road is on course to open in May next year and in a new video traders have backed the construction of the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road and explained how they believe it will encourage new companies and help existing ones grow.
Graham Marley, chief executive of the Let’s Do Business Group, said: “The transport improvements are going to make it a lot easier to between Bexhill and Hastings - that’s got to be good for business. Most importantly though, it will make new commercial space in north Bexhill and that’s going to create jobs. The space that we have at the moment isn’t fit for purpose. It’s going to be vital not just for Bexhill and Hastings but for the whole of the county.”
Philip Johnson, project director for Locate East Sussex, added: “The link road is going to open up a huge area for development and what we are particularly excited about is the range and quality of buildings that will be constructed as a result of this commercial land being opened for development.”
The A259 between Hastings and Bexhill has been clogged with traffic for nearly 40 years. The new road, business owners say, will help ease congestion and provide new commercial space, as well as regenerate the entire county.
Sam Carter, a manager for Ashdown Hurrey which has offices in both Hastings and Bexhill, said: “Getting from town to town has always been an issue because it takes so long. That’s going to be speeded up massively and that’s going to help businesses.”
Rob Magri, who runs Premier Travel Chauffeurs in Hastings, said: “Traffic gets congested through Bexhill Road, if you don’t go that way you’ve got to go through Battle and then through Hooe. This gives us another option not only to get out of town but also to visit the top end of town without having to be clogged.”
Councillor Carl Maynard, East Sussex County Council’s lead member for transport and environment, added: “It is estimated that 3,000 new jobs and £1 billion of economic benefits will come to the area over the next 25 years as access is opened up to land for housing and business development.”
To view the video and hear views of business owners visit http://news.eastsussex.gov.uk.