Decision details

The East Sussex (A26 Cuilfail Tunnel & A26 Southerham Road, Lewes) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic & Temporary Layby Closure) Order 2022

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To allow East Sussex Highways to undertake routine maintenance works, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily close the Cuilfail Tunnel to all through traffic overnight as follows:-


Temporary Road Closure – Cuilfail Tunnel
From 20:00hrs to 06:00hrs between 23 & 28 January 2023

Temporary Layby Closure
To facilitate these works it will also be necessary to close the layby, south of the Cuilfail Tunnel as follows;
A26 Southerham Road - from a point 88 metres south of the Cuilfail Tunnel, southwards for a distance of 75 metres. This will be in place from 09:00hrs on the Thursday before the closure until 17:00hrs on the Monday after the closure.

A diversion route for through traffic will be signed and maintained for the duration of the works northbound via A27 Southerham roundabout - A27 Lewes bypass to Ashcombe roundabout - A275 Brighton Road - A277 Lewes High Street - A2029 Market Street – A2029 North Street - A2029 Little East Street - A26 Phoenix Causeway & southbound via northern end of Cuilfail Tunnel - A26 Phoenix Causeway - U5140 Malling Street - U5143 South Street.

The Order commenced 10 June 2022 and lasts for a period of 18 months, it is anticipated the restrictions will be in place for the duration stated above.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 20/01/2023