On Saturday 25 March Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, and Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, were welcomed to the Queensway Gateway construction site by East Sussex County Council Leader, Cllr Keith Glazier.
The Queensway Gateway project will provide a direct link between the A21 and Queensway. This will reduce congestion on The Ridge and open up land along a corridor between Hastings and Bexhill for business investment and housing development.
Amber and the Minister were shown the 300 metre long platform now built between Queensway and Whitworth Road to form a stable base for the road embankments. Engineers Campbell Reith and Contractors CA Blackwell explained that this has been the most challenging phase of the works.
Amber said: “It was fantastic to see the progress which is being made on the Queensway Gateway. This road will lead to reduced congestion and quicker journey times for local residents, and it will help to make our area even more attractive for investment.”
Investment for the Queensway Gateway project has come from the Government’s Local Growth Fund. Which has been managed in this case by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and administered by East Sussex County Council who have provided the funds to economic regeneration company Sea Change Sussex to deliver the project.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones commented: “The Queensway Gateway will provide a vital link between the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road, which opened in 2015, and the A21. It will also deliver huge benefits to local motorists by cutting congestion in and around Hastings, speeding up journeys and boosting the local economy. I’m delighted with the progress being made on the construction of this road, and it was good to see it first-hand.”
Picture: Councillor Keith Glazier, Amber Rudd MP and Roads Minister, Andrew Jones MP.