East Sussex Highways surface dressing programme

Message below from East Sussex Highways:

I am contacting you to advise that East Sussex Highways are soon due to start this year’s programme of surface dressing which could impact cyclists locally.

Surface dressing is a surface treatment method which improves safety by increasing skid resistance and can extend the life of the carriageway by up to 10 years as it helps protect roads from frost and water damage.

The surface dressing process is undertaken through spraying bitumen binder on to a dry road surface, then spreading stone chippings and rolling the surface to help embed the chippings. Once the surface dressing is finished, the road is reopened to traffic as this helps bed the remaining chippings in. Excess chippings are swept around 24 hours, three days & seven days after the work is completed. However, there may be loose chippings for up to 2 weeks after the surface has been laid. As I am sure you are aware, these loose chippings can be potentially hazardous for cyclists, we would therefore recommend that cyclists look at alternative routes to avoid recently surface dressed sites. We have listed each site and a potential date for works below:

Beechwood Lane, Cooksbridge – 16th June 2021
Coleman’s Hatch Road, Forest Row – 16th June 2021
Edenbridge Road, Hartfield – 17th June 2021
Mayfield Lane, Wadhurst  – 18th June 2021
St Mary’s Lane, Sidley – 18th June 2021
Compton Drive, Eastbourne – 18th June 2021
The Dicker, Laughton – 21st June 2021
Burwash Road, Broad Oak – 22nd June 2021
Cooper’s Corner, Hurst Green – 22nd June 2021
Hawkhurst Road, Flimwell – 23rd June 2021
Udimore Road, Udimore/Brede – 24th June 2021
Whiteway, Alfriston – 25th June 2021
Wartling Road, Pevensey – 25th June 2021

Due to the nature of surface dressing works, they are highly weather dependant. Works cannot be done if it is raining, too hot or too cold, therefore the above dates are subject to change depending on weather. Updates can be found on our website:


Please feel free to share this with your cycling network. If you have any feedback then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Sophie Walker | Customer Service Manager
Customer Contact Centre | East Sussex Highways
Tel: 0345 60 80 193 | Website: www.eastsussexhighways.com

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