Overtaking ban and reduced speed limits in place for six months due to roadworks on A27

Improvement works to the A27 near Eastbourne are expected to last for six months, with an overtaking ban being brought in and some speed limits set as low as 40mph.

The works, to be carried out by Highways England, will start on March 10 and end in September, which involve ‘junction improvements’ and ‘widening works’, according to Highways.

Traffic management regulations and road closures have been outlined by Highways. These will be in effect in phases and sometimes lasting up to 24 hours.

The traffic regulations include:

• A 24-hour 40mph speed limit on both carriageways between the bridge over the railway towards Cophall Roundabout

• An overtaking ban between Polegate junction and Cophall Roundabout

• A contraflow system in place for some carriageways

The road closures include:

  • The westbound carriageway between Polegate junction and Gainsborough Avenue
  • Both carriageways between Polegate junction and Wannock Road junction
  • The link road connecting the eastbound carriageway to the northbound carriageway at Polegate junction
  • All of the side roads’ junctions with the roads listed above
  • The footway adjacent to the northbound carriageway near Cophall Roundabout, and also the roundabout itself
  • The pedestrian crossing near Cophall Roundabout

A Highways spokesperson said the measures would be in the interests of road safety and that all traffic regulations will be clearly indicated by signs

Routes for diverted traffic will be via A22, A27, A2021, A2280.