Work is complete on a 16km path for pedestrians and cyclists that runs along the A27.

The shared use route runs between Firle, near Lewes, and Polegate.

National Highways has been working on the path among many other improvements including widening the Drusillas roundabout as part of the £75 million East of Lewes project to reduce congestion.

It also includes a new footbridge over the Cuckmere River, pedestrian crossings, ten kilometres of fencing, more than 3,000 trees, a wildflower verge in Berwick and drainage to help prevent the A27 flooding.

The Argus: The A27 cycle path pictured near Wilmington in October 2022The A27 cycle path pictured near Wilmington in October 2022 (Image: Sussex News and Pictures)

The work started in spring 2020 and was completed on April 2.

National Highways project lead Cristina Bucur said: “Our team have been working incredibly hard to overcome challenges and deliver this project.

"Our new path will improve links to the communities along A27 between Firle and Polegate, will improve access to South Downs National Park and provide an alternative and sustainable way of travel.”


National Highways is asking people to submit names for its bridge over the Cuckmere River.

Submissions must be something connected to the local area.

The winner will receive a certificate and have their chosen name displayed on the bridge for everyone to see.

For more information visit its East of Lewes scheme on its website.