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This framework sets out how we, together with the Department for Transport, manage and deliver major road improvement projects.

A27 Southerham to Beddingham

A27 Southerham to Beddingham

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Programme of Major SchemesRoad Schemes Managed by the Highways Agency

The Project


The level crossing at Beddingham was a well known congestion point on the A27. There were 25 incidents at the crossing associated with the automatic barrier during the period 1999 to 2002, posing a significant risk to both road users and rail passengers.

Interim safety measures were put in place to improve safety at the crossing in the short term - including the introduction of 40mph speed limits and the installation of safety cameras on the approaches to the crossing.

To make the crossing safer, and to cater more effectively for traffic using the route, a new bridge was constructed over the railway line and the existing single carriageway road was improved to provide two lanes westbound and one line eastbound between Southerham and Beddingham roundabouts. Improvements were also made to the roundabouts and better facilities for cyclists and pedestrians have been provided.
In addition to the safety benefits, the scheme has reduced delays for motorists at the crossing and has helped traffic flow more smoothly along the A27.

Alfred McAlpine Project Services (now Carillion plc) with designer Jacobs UK were appointed in June 2005 to undertake the detailed design and construction of the project subject to the outcome of the Public Inquiry.

Scheme Developments

Following a Public Inquiry in the Autumn of 2005, the Secretaries of State decided in August 2006 that the scheme should go ahead. Work started in October 2006 and the improved road opened to traffic on 22 August 2008.

Progress with building the scheme was described in quarterly newsletters which were circulated in the area and appear on the Publications and Construction Progress Pages of this web site.

Glynde Junction Improvement

Work to improve the access to Glynde Village at the A27 Glynde Junction started on 7 April 2008 and was finished on 31 October 2008. Details of the improvement have been published and are available on the Publications link above.  

Following scheme completion, we undertake a Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE) to assess whether the scheme has achieved its anticipated outcomes. The evaluation is generally carried out at one and five years after scheme opening. The results of the POPE allow us to learn lessons and improve future scheme delivery.

Please use the links to learn more about the POPE process and to find the latest POPE report for the A27 Southerham to Beddingham Improvement scheme.

How do I find out more information?
If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing or calling 0300 123 5000.

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