A Hochtief and Vinci joint venture has won the contract to design and build the new 5.6km road between Bexhill and Hastings, to be procured under Early Contractor Involvement (ECI).
The road will link the A259 in Bexhill and the B2092 Queensway in Hastings, joining the outskirts of Bexhill and Hastings and stimulating regeneration there.
Works are planned to start on site in the summer of 2010 with the road expected to be open to traffic by the end of 2012, subject to the outcome of the Public Inquiry into Compulsory Purchase Orders and Government approval.
Lead Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, Councillor Matthew Lock, said: “The link road is essential for the future regeneration of Hastings and Bexhill.
“It’ll bring real benefits to the two towns, including better access to jobs; fewer cars using roads that aren’t suitable for them; opportunities for housing and business development; access to education and a reduction in the number of accidents on local roads,” he said.
Detailed studies have shown the new road will provide the transport conditions needed to help regenerate the area, including new jobs helping businesses operate more efficiently by tackling problems of journey reliability.
Developers will also benefit, to build housing and businesses that will help Hastings and Bexhill grow.