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Bold scheme to invest £4bn in infrastructure

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The busy A23, A27 and Brighton Mainline could be upgraded if the Government agrees to help fund a multi-billion-pound project.

Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) also plans to create 60,000 new jobs and build 27,000 new homes.

The LEP has asked the Government for £559 million in funding and has pledged to find another £550 million of public sector funding from local authorities and universities and colleges as well as a further £2.78 billion of private sector funding if the Growth Deal bid is successful.

In The Strategic Economic Plan the LEP warned Sussex’s infrastructure is reaching capacity and was no longer able to support growth if investment was not made.

John Peel OBE, outgoing LEP chairman, said: “Our plans are unashamedly bold but we are up to the challenge.

“With our international connections, the skills of our workforce and the competitive strengths of our businesses, this region has a lot to offer.

“However, our economic success will be hampered if we do not make critical investment across the board.”

Congestion at transport hotspots, key junctions and employment links would be improved and urgent flood defences boosted in Newhaven as well as at Shoreham harbour and airport.

Centres of excellence in digital, sustainable enterprise, advanced engineering and bioscience would be created, and every young person would be supported to make the transition from education to employment. Two new Enterprise Zones would be created at Newhaven and Bognor.

Although it is one of the most successful LEP areas in the UK, investment is essential to sustain and build economic success, the document argued.

Some areas were showing poor performance while the housing market needed “unblocking” to allow for growth.

Ron Crank, Coast to Capital chief executive, said: “I believe we’ve got a quality submission which stands up and tells a story about the Coast to Capital region and the importance of places like Brighton, Newhaven and Shoreham.

“We all recognise that investment has been lacking in infrastructure. I talk to business and I hear ‘congestion, congestion, congestion’.

“We need to make sure there’s more connectivity.”

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9:41am Wed 9 Apr 14

Mark63 says...

Does this include doing anything about the A27 bottlenecks at Worthing and Arundel? Everything else seems fine...
Does this include doing anything about the A27 bottlenecks at Worthing and Arundel? Everything else seems fine... Mark63
  • Score: 12

10:33am Wed 9 Apr 14

gazzamagoo says...

Mark63 wrote:
Does this include doing anything about the A27 bottlenecks at Worthing and Arundel? Everything else seems fine...
I believe the whole of the A27 wherever possible should be made dual carriageway these days to cope with the ever increasing traffic. It's not going to go away. As well as Worthing and Arundel there's also the stretch of A27 leading to Polegate.
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: Does this include doing anything about the A27 bottlenecks at Worthing and Arundel? Everything else seems fine...[/p][/quote]I believe the whole of the A27 wherever possible should be made dual carriageway these days to cope with the ever increasing traffic. It's not going to go away. As well as Worthing and Arundel there's also the stretch of A27 leading to Polegate. gazzamagoo
  • Score: 13

10:50am Wed 9 Apr 14

sound_man says...

A bypass is needed at Worthing, Chichester, Polgate & Arundel. To me it is shocking that for over 30 years these bottlenecks have just got worse and governments have scrapped plans in all these areas due to cost.
A bypass is needed at Worthing, Chichester, Polgate & Arundel. To me it is shocking that for over 30 years these bottlenecks have just got worse and governments have scrapped plans in all these areas due to cost. sound_man
  • Score: 15

11:53am Wed 9 Apr 14

Tailgaters Anonymous says...

Fine sentiments, an election looming in 2015, more grand-standing oratory with failure to deliver in store?
Fine sentiments, an election looming in 2015, more grand-standing oratory with failure to deliver in store? Tailgaters Anonymous
  • Score: 5

7:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Basically this is their way of sugar coating that they are going to build 27,000 new homes. They then will need to have infrastructure to support all the new people moving into the area
Basically this is their way of sugar coating that they are going to build 27,000 new homes. They then will need to have infrastructure to support all the new people moving into the area Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 3

10:39pm Wed 9 Apr 14

onerob says...

Baffled of Brighton wrote:
Basically this is their way of sugar coating that they are going to build 27,000 new homes. They then will need to have infrastructure to support all the new people moving into the area
That's fine by me.
[quote][p][bold]Baffled of Brighton[/bold] wrote: Basically this is their way of sugar coating that they are going to build 27,000 new homes. They then will need to have infrastructure to support all the new people moving into the area[/p][/quote]That's fine by me. onerob
  • Score: 1

11:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Stu says...

Pie in the sky. Won't ever happen. In 30 years time the roads and railways will be exactly the same as now only twice as busy.
Pie in the sky. Won't ever happen. In 30 years time the roads and railways will be exactly the same as now only twice as busy. Stu
  • Score: 1

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