Budget 2021: Multi-million pound funding package to complete Exceat Bridge

The Chancellor has announced a multi-million pound funding package to create a new two-lane Exceat Bridge.

Maria Caulfield, MP for Lewes, has been campaigning for the bridge between Seaford and East Dean to be rebuilt with two lanes because a bottleneck of traffic regularly forms due to the current one-way system.

Now as part of the Budget, Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a multi-million pound funding package which will top up the previously secured funding from East Sussex County Council.

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A planning application for the new two-lane Exceat Bridge is with the South Downs National Park and due to be decided shortly.

Exceat Bridge (Photo by Jon Rigby) SUS-160714-095148008

Maria Caulfield said she is ‘delighted’ the Chancellor has responded to this ‘important issue’ which will create a bridge ‘that is fit for the 21st century’.

She said, “This funding will see the completion of the construction of the two-lane Exceat Bridge, should the South Downs National Park approve the design.

“I would like to thank the Chancellor Rishi Sunak for backing the Lewes constituency with this multi-million pound funding package. This is truly levelling up in action.”