£75m additional funding for the A27 announced

A27 Lewes to Polegate road near Drusillas
A27 Lewes to Polegate road near Drusillas

A Government minister confirmed additional funding of £75million for the A27 in Sussex at a meeting in Eastbourne thise morning.

Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven, and chair of the A27 Reference Group, which lobbied the Government for A27 capacity improvement funding, attended the Ministerial announcement by Penny Mordaunt MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, for the Department of Communities and Local Government.

The A27 Reference Group brought together politicians and local authorities from across Sussex to work in a joint effort to lobby the Government for improving the capacity of the road.

Simon has chaired the group from the start and lobbied Ministers and officials very hard to see both the economic and practical benefits of a policy of improving the A27.

Simon, as head of the influential group, has made firm representations to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Prime Minister recently expressed his own belief that the A27 needs upgrading.

Simon said: “I am delighted that Ministers have listened to the representations from Sussex on this important matter.

“It has been a privilege to chair the Reference Group and lead this successful campaign.

“Transport infrastructure and communications are an important part of economic growth, helping to support the long-term economic plan for the country but also making life easier, day-to-day, for local residents going about their business in Brighton and Peacehaven.”

Simon continued: “Not only will this help boost inward investment, jobs and growth in the local economy here in Sussex, I am optimistic that by improving the A27, we will also see the burden on other roads, such as the A259 in my constituency, eased.”