Plans for a new two way Exceat Bridge will be decided on this summer according to documents submitted to the South Downs National Park Planning Authority.

The long awaited new bridge will see two lanes for vehicle traffic, ending the need to queue at either side of the bridge, extra space for pedestrians and cyclists, a viewing platform to enjoy the beautiful landscape, and slower speed limits to improve safety.

The documents state that a decision is due to be made in July 2021 with construction starting in March 2022.

It is planned that the new bridge will be built slightly to the north of the current bridge to minimise disruption by allowing the continued use of the current bridge during construction.

Maria Caulfield MP said “I and many residents in Seaford, East Dean, and far beyond have been calling for Exceat Bridge to be replaced and become two lanes, ending the need to traffic to queuing through the national park.

I am pleased that a decision on this is finally due to be made this summer.

The plans look incredible and in keeping with the beautiful natural landscape, and not only improving access for drivers but also improving access and safety for pedestrians and cyclists for whom the area is so popular.

“I would urge the South Downs National Park Planning Authority to approve the plans for the benefit of all my constituents and the many visitors to this special area.”