Taylor Woodrow Hochtief Joint Venture complete a complex highways project

The Bexhill to Hastings Link Road opened today and will bring an estimated 1 billion of economic benefits to the local area.

The East Sussex County Council project started with preliminary work in 2012, and the Taylor Woodrow Hochtief JV team has overcome a number of challenges including extreme weather, and one of most important finds of prehistoric remains in the UK dating back to the last ice age, to deliver this key asset for East Sussex.

County council leader Cllr Keith Glazier said: Its been a long journey but its fantastic to see the new road completed and ready to welcome traffic.

As with any project on this scale, there have been challenges along the way, but Id like to pay tribute to our Link Road project team, who have worked so hard to get the road open

The team has constructed a single carriageway link road from the Belle junction in Bexhill to Queensway in Hastings, named Combe Valley Way. The road measures approximately 5.6km and included the construction of a number of bridge structures along the route.

A number of new wildlife habitats have been created using sensitive landscaping works and a major tree and shrub planting programme is underway. New greenways for walkers, cyclists and horse riders will be completed next year.

Peter Whitman, Highways Sector Director said: Opening the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road before Christmas is a fantastic achievement for the project team, which will greatly benefit the road user and local community. The completion of this complex highways project is a testament to our engineering skill as a major roads contractor.