Haywards Heath

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Background

Haywards Heath has grown rapidly following the construction of the London to Brighton railway line and has since been described as the ‘Heart of Mid Sussex’.

Haywards Heath town centre has been identified as a priority area for investment and the scheme proposals are underpinned by the West Sussex Transport Plan 2022-2036 which was adopted on 1 April 2022. The West Sussex Transport Plan is the County Council’s approach to investment in, and management of, the transport network in order to plan for future transport needs.

Commercial Square and South Road form part of several projects that have been identified and developed in order to incrementally advance this plan to transform key streets and spaces across the centre and create the canvas for a more animated and inclusive public life. A carefully balanced approach includes a more attractive, accessible, and user-friendly space with easy access and provision for good transport infrastructure along with generous facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and other vehicles. The aim is to create a place where residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit as a destination and to spend time, thus helping to achieve sustainable economic growth in Haywards Heath.




Our vision for Haywards Heath

In order to fully realise the potential of Hayward’s Heath to be the ‘Heart of Mid Sussex’ we have identified a number of objectives along with suggestions to help us achieve these, namely:

  • To create a strong sense of place and improve the legibility and identity of South Road – by making use of key access gateways, creating routes and guidance that will help people find and make their way through the area more easily, and by increasing the amount of access to urban green space which would contribute to the appearance and ambience of the street scene.
  • To improve the quality of the street character and public spaces – by utilising consistent colours/materials for street furniture (benches, barriers, bollards, dust bins etc.) and by consolidating all the signage.
  • To protect, integrate and enhance the town’s significant green spaces whilst also improving connections with Victoria Park – by planting street trees along the road; Improving entrances and boundaries to Victoria Park.
  • To provide opportunities for sustainable travel so that walking and cycling are attractive and viable options – by prioritising pedestrian and cycle traffic (reducing width of carriageway; reducing vehicle speed limits; widening footway; restricting delivery times etc.)
  • To develop and ensure sustainable and future-proof designs which will minimise impact on climate change – by installing electrical charge points for EVs; providing easy access, live updates for public transport; installing secure bike stands; sourcing local content etc.




South Road

The proposals for South Road seek to balance the needs of the community with the desire to improve the appeal and accessibility of this location whilst reducing congestion and use by heavy goods vehicles.

These improvements to South Road are concentrated on the main town centre shops and the relationship and interconnectivity with Victoria Park.

The main features of the South Road schemes are to:

  • deter through-traffic
  • encourage the use of the Haywards Heath Relief Road, particularly for HGV’s
  • reduce the speed limit on South Road to 20mph
  • implement pedestrian crossings that are slightly raised from street level (meaning cars will slow down for the ramp)
  • widen the footways that provide better connections to the town centre
  • plant trees in the ground creating a permanent green space and environment replacing small trees in plant boxes
  • choose a style and colour of materials that is consistent and pleasing to the eye, helping to create a more visually appealing and attractive destination for locals and visitors alike
  • help to create an overall environment that will increase footfall and encourage people to stay for longer, thus helping to improve the commercial regeneration
  • focus on the relationship of South Road with Victoria Park as well as future redevelopment opportunities in the area.

Click on the South Road Plan under the Documents section on the right-hand side of the page or click on the image below to see the proposal details.South Road proposals depicting artists impression of pedestrian crossings, bike stands, outdoor seating.




Commercial Square

The proposals for Commercial Square seek to support the Station Quarter and Waitrose Development by improving safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists whilst promoting well-being and accessibility.

In summary, the main features of the Commercial Square roundabout scheme are to revise the junction layout and improve pedestrian facilities by:

  • widening the footways and pedestrian refuges
  • providing for shared footway / cycleway on the south side of Sydney Road and Market Place including provision of a wider crossing of the Perrymount Road arm
  • improving pedestrian and cycle movement by creating routes and guidance that will help people find and make their way through the area more easily
  • removing barriers (guard railing) around the junction where appropriate to reduce street clutter.

Click on the Commercial Road Plan in the 'Documents' on the righjt-hand side of the page or click on the image below to see the proposal details



Map drawing showing suggested improvements for Commercial Square including removed barriers and widened pedestrian islands etc.





Have your say!

Please ensure you have read all the materials provided before responding.

We would welcome your feedback via the survey questionnaire at the bottom of the page before




Alternative Formats:

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email at activetravel@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.



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We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the Accessibility tab at the bottom of the page.

Where it exists, we will provide details of any non-accessible project content which is not full accessible under a heading of non-accessible content below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, then please contact us on 0330 222 2146 or at haveyoursay@westussex.gov.uk



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Background

Haywards Heath has grown rapidly following the construction of the London to Brighton railway line and has since been described as the ‘Heart of Mid Sussex’.

Haywards Heath town centre has been identified as a priority area for investment and the scheme proposals are underpinned by the West Sussex Transport Plan 2022-2036 which was adopted on 1 April 2022. The West Sussex Transport Plan is the County Council’s approach to investment in, and management of, the transport network in order to plan for future transport needs.

Commercial Square and South Road form part of several projects that have been identified and developed in order to incrementally advance this plan to transform key streets and spaces across the centre and create the canvas for a more animated and inclusive public life. A carefully balanced approach includes a more attractive, accessible, and user-friendly space with easy access and provision for good transport infrastructure along with generous facilities for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and other vehicles. The aim is to create a place where residents and visitors alike are encouraged to visit as a destination and to spend time, thus helping to achieve sustainable economic growth in Haywards Heath.




Our vision for Haywards Heath

In order to fully realise the potential of Hayward’s Heath to be the ‘Heart of Mid Sussex’ we have identified a number of objectives along with suggestions to help us achieve these, namely:

  • To create a strong sense of place and improve the legibility and identity of South Road – by making use of key access gateways, creating routes and guidance that will help people find and make their way through the area more easily, and by increasing the amount of access to urban green space which would contribute to the appearance and ambience of the street scene.
  • To improve the quality of the street character and public spaces – by utilising consistent colours/materials for street furniture (benches, barriers, bollards, dust bins etc.) and by consolidating all the signage.
  • To protect, integrate and enhance the town’s significant green spaces whilst also improving connections with Victoria Park – by planting street trees along the road; Improving entrances and boundaries to Victoria Park.
  • To provide opportunities for sustainable travel so that walking and cycling are attractive and viable options – by prioritising pedestrian and cycle traffic (reducing width of carriageway; reducing vehicle speed limits; widening footway; restricting delivery times etc.)
  • To develop and ensure sustainable and future-proof designs which will minimise impact on climate change – by installing electrical charge points for EVs; providing easy access, live updates for public transport; installing secure bike stands; sourcing local content etc.




South Road

The proposals for South Road seek to balance the needs of the community with the desire to improve the appeal and accessibility of this location whilst reducing congestion and use by heavy goods vehicles.

These improvements to South Road are concentrated on the main town centre shops and the relationship and interconnectivity with Victoria Park.

The main features of the South Road schemes are to:

  • deter through-traffic
  • encourage the use of the Haywards Heath Relief Road, particularly for HGV’s
  • reduce the speed limit on South Road to 20mph
  • implement pedestrian crossings that are slightly raised from street level (meaning cars will slow down for the ramp)
  • widen the footways that provide better connections to the town centre
  • plant trees in the ground creating a permanent green space and environment replacing small trees in plant boxes
  • choose a style and colour of materials that is consistent and pleasing to the eye, helping to create a more visually appealing and attractive destination for locals and visitors alike
  • help to create an overall environment that will increase footfall and encourage people to stay for longer, thus helping to improve the commercial regeneration
  • focus on the relationship of South Road with Victoria Park as well as future redevelopment opportunities in the area.

Click on the South Road Plan under the Documents section on the right-hand side of the page or click on the image below to see the proposal details.South Road proposals depicting artists impression of pedestrian crossings, bike stands, outdoor seating.




Commercial Square

The proposals for Commercial Square seek to support the Station Quarter and Waitrose Development by improving safety and convenience for pedestrians and cyclists whilst promoting well-being and accessibility.

In summary, the main features of the Commercial Square roundabout scheme are to revise the junction layout and improve pedestrian facilities by:

  • widening the footways and pedestrian refuges
  • providing for shared footway / cycleway on the south side of Sydney Road and Market Place including provision of a wider crossing of the Perrymount Road arm
  • improving pedestrian and cycle movement by creating routes and guidance that will help people find and make their way through the area more easily
  • removing barriers (guard railing) around the junction where appropriate to reduce street clutter.

Click on the Commercial Road Plan in the 'Documents' on the righjt-hand side of the page or click on the image below to see the proposal details



Map drawing showing suggested improvements for Commercial Square including removed barriers and widened pedestrian islands etc.





Have your say!

Please ensure you have read all the materials provided before responding.

We would welcome your feedback via the survey questionnaire at the bottom of the page before




Alternative Formats:

If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email at activetravel@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.



Accessibility statement:

We are committed to making this website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. Please view the West Sussex County Council Accessibility Statement for further details. Information about the accessibility of the Your Voice Engagement Hub can be found by clicking on the Accessibility tab at the bottom of the page.

Where it exists, we will provide details of any non-accessible project content which is not full accessible under a heading of non-accessible content below.

We are always looking to improve the accessibility of this website, If you find any problems not listed on this page or you think we are not meeting accessibility requirements, then please contact us on 0330 222 2146 or at haveyoursay@westussex.gov.uk



Survey web browser compatibility

Please use one of the browsers below when completing the survey to ensure it looks and works as it should. These are:

· Microsoft Edge version 86 and above

· Chrome version 86 and above

· Firefox version 78 and above

· Safari version 14 and above

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Commercial Square and South Road form part of several projects that have been identified and developed by the Haywards Heath Town Centre Transport Study and more recently the Haywards Heath Town Centre Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document.  The proposals for each location have been developed to align with the aspirations of the latter.  

    How to have your say

    Please ensure you have read all the materials provided before responding.

    We would welcome your feedback via the survey questionnaire. Please ensure your response reaches us by 28 July 2022.

    Alternative Formats: 

    If you require any of the information for this project in an alternative format, please contact us on 01243 642105 or via email at activetravel@westsussex.gov.uk and we will do our best to assist you.  If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 642105.

    Privacy statement: West Sussex County Council will collect some personal data (e.g. age, sex) in fulfilment of a statutory duty.  We will process this data in accordance with the 2018 Data Protection Act, General Data Protection Regulations and any subsequent relevant legislation. The data will collect will not be used for any purpose other than that stated, and will be securely stored electronically for a period of up to 5 years after which it will be appropriately destroyed.  West Sussex County Council is registered as a Data Controller (Reg. No. Z6413427). For further information about our Data Controller, please see www.westsussex.gov.uk/privacy-policy.

    The data will be collected, processed and analysed by our consultants, WSP, on behalf of West Sussex County Council for the purpose of this consultation only. For further information about WSP’s data protection policy please see https://www.wsp.com/en-GL/legal/privacy-policy.   


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