A26 Newhaven to Beddingham

Dear Sir

Highways England response – A26 Newhaven to Beddingham
Thank you for your email of 22 March about the condition of the carriageway on the A26 between Newhaven and Beddingham.

Thank you for taking the time to get back in touch with your concerns, and please accept my apologies for the delay in replying to you. I’m pleased to advise that I am now able to furnish you with the updated programme moving forward to address the poor condition of the road:

The Cobbe Place full resurfacing works have been moved back and will be undertaken around the weekend of 22 April over two nights, though I’m unable to provide the exact dates at this time. This slight delay is allowing us, whilst the road is closed overnight to plan and extent our works along the rest of the A26 with patching to repair potholes considered to be a priority.

We’ve previously advised that the full resurfacing scheme planned between Tarring Neville and Itford was extended to incorporate the stretch between Itford Farm and the Lay and scheduled for the latter part of 2017/18. Acknowledging that this timeframe is unacceptable to road users, we are working hard to bring these works forward to be completed by the end of 2017.

Furthermore, we’ve sought additional funding to carry out full resurfacing works on other compromised sections of the carriageway and are aiming to have 75% fully resurfaced by the end of the year.

In the meantime, safety inspections are carried out every 28 days and safety defects are addressed with 24 hours and made safe with permanent repairs within 28 days.

I trust this helps clarify our current position, with I hope a more positive outlook for all users of the A26 and please be assured that this continues to remain a high priority. Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time for further updates, by either calling 0300 123 5000 or emailing

Kind regards

Sue Moss
On behalf of Tracey Arnold
Customer and Stakeholder Liaison Assistant
Working on behalf of Highways England