03 - Burgess Hill Station Area
The Burgess Hill Station area is identified as an area for improvement in the Town Wide Strategy and Neighbourhood Plan and is identified as a priority area given the critical role it plays as a gateway to the town. The station currently lacks high quality pedestrian and cycle links to the town centre and major employment areas.
Works are underway through the Western Gateway and Burgess Hill station schemes, to deliver highway improvements through the Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Station Road, Burgess Hill Station and Keymer Road corridor.
The scheme provides a comprehensive link with the wider network of pedestrian and cycle improvements to facilitate safe and secure movement to and from the station with links to Keymer Road, Church Road and Station Road including a pedestrian and cycle crossings on Station Road, achieved by upgrading the current signalised junction.
The proposals also enhance the public realm through the use of better materials with opportunities to contribute to the local character and identity of Burgess Hill and facilitate a wider townwide wayfinding scheme.
The proposals for the Burgess Hill Station Area are all contained within the existing public highway and have been developed with full regard to highway design standards and subject to road safety audits. The Burgess Hill Station Area Improvement scheme includes measures to:
- Prioritise pedestrian and cyclist movements between Burgess Hill Station and key local destinations;
- Formalise the current taxi and passenger pick-up and drop-off area and provide footway widening to the front of the station area;
- Widen the footway and reduce street furniture on the southern side of Station Road to provide safe, shared use pedestrian and cycle route to link with Church Road and extend through the length of Station Road;
- Replace the current Station Road / Church Road mini-roundabout with a signal- controlled junction to provide safe and convenient links to Burgess Hill town centre while retaining highway capacity;
- Provide raised table pedestrian and cycle crossings at key side road junctions including Queens Crescent and Station Road to provide safer crossings;
- Widen the footway to the southern side of Station Road to deliver safe cycle links to Keymer Road and widening the footway adjacent to the Keymer Road parade of shops linking to the toucan crossing on the Keymer Road;
- Retain and re-provide existing on-street parking capacity near business and retail units; and
- Ensure the scheme provides links to complementary improvements to the wider network of improvements
Further details on the scheme, including drawings and regular updates on delivery can be found on the West Sussex County Council dedicated website.
The Burgess Hill Station Improvement scheme was subject to public engagement May – June 2020. Details can be found here.
Better Links To Your Town Centre
The £21.8m package of transport improvements for the town centre will help create more sustainable transport measures, improve connectivity, congestion and journey times. This will include improved access arrangements for Burgess Hill and Wivelsfield train stations as well as new and improved cycle routes across town.
Upgrading Road Infrastructure
A £23m investment into the A2300 will help drive forward the new high-tech corridor of business park developments by widening and upgrading this main access route into Burgess Hill from the A23. These improvements will help relieve congestion and also help provide a better onward link to the wider south east region.