Combe Valley Way

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TQ7409 : Combe Valley Way construction by Oast House Archive
The Combe Valley Way is a Hastings to Bexhill link road that connects the Queenway to the West of St Leonards and the A259 and Wrestwood Road in Bexhill, and incorporates footpath, cycle and bridleways and further developed Combe Valley Countryside Park.

Construction of the scheme began in 2013 and the road opened 17th December 2015 with the surrounding paths and landscaping finished in 2016, all at a cost of over 120m.

As with most new roads, the project has had its objectors. The road runs closely past four working farms, two sites of special scientific interest (SSSI), and a site of nature conservation importance (SNCI). A group of protesters attempted to slow the clearing of trees in January 2013.

As well as the road, a bridleway, cycle paths and pedestrian footpaths, and numerous ponds and drainage ponds were created alongside to form an enhanced and more accessible Combe Valley Countryside Park.

Although a public vote chose to name the road 'Robert Wood Way', after a local soldier, the name 'Combe Valley Way', was chosen by Rother District Council councillors. Chosen to highlight the presence of the park and be clearer for emergency services.

For a pdf map of the route see LinkExternal link and for further detailed maps LinkExternal link

Click here for more photos during constructionExternal link
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Map of area

A259 Belle Hill junction


Former London Road buildings
TQ7308 : Roadworks on London Road by Oast House Archive TQ7308 : Roadworks, London Road by Oast House Archive TQ7308 : Rear of houses on London Road by Oast House Archive TQ7308 : London Road by Oast House Archive TQ7308 : Demolition site by London Road by Oast House Archive

London Road junction
TQ7308 : London Road by Oast House Archive Prior to construction
TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way junction by Oast House Archive TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way junction construction by Oast House Archive August 2014

A259 junction
TQ7308 : London Road junction by Oast House Archive May 2014
TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way construction by Oast House Archive August 2014

A259 junction
TQ7308 : Roadworks, London Road by Oast House Archive May 2013
TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way construction by Oast House Archive August 2014

View South from bridge
TQ7308 : Former railway line by Oast House Archive May 2013
TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way construction by Oast House Archive August 2014

Woodsgate Park overbridge
TQ7308 : New bridge, Woodsgate Park by Oast House Archive August 2014
TQ7308 : Woodsgate Park bridge construction by Oast House Archive August 2013
TQ7308 : New bridge Woodsgate Park by Oast House Archive August 2014

View North from Woodsgate Park overbridge
TQ7308 : Combe Valley Way construction by Oast House Archive August 2014

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