|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||Lewes (W) (TQ392093)|
|To:||Lewes town centre (TQ415101)|
|Via:||Brighton Road, Western Road|
|Distance:||1.6 miles (2.6 km)|
|Meets:||A27, A275, B2193, A2029|
|Route outline (key)|
The A277 follows most of the the original, pre-bypass route of the A27 through the centre of Lewes in East Sussex. Whilst it is relatively easy to follow the original course of the A27 through Lewes, it is not so easy to establish the precise eastern terminus of the A277 owing to some mapping inconsistencies and incomplete documentation. The East Sussex County Council Network Management Plan, nevertheless, identifies the route as running from a junction with the A27 at the western end of the Lewes bypass to the southern terminus of the A275 (Nevill Road) and thence into the town centre along Western Road and High Street, leaving it only to be determined at which point the A277 meets the A2029. It is likely to be at the junction of Fisher Street and High Street, since the easternmost 240 metres of High Street appears tobe part of a gyratory system on the A2029.
The route starts at a roundabout on the A27 to the west of Lewes and quickly enters the town, becoming 'Brighton Road' for obvious reasons. After a mile, we come to come to a traffic-light-controlled junction with the A275 and the first mapping inconsistency. The traffic lights form one leg of the junction with the A275, with the other joining on after 50 metres or so, forming a triangular junction. Some maps show all three roads at this junction as the A277, but there is no indication on the ground that this is the case.
After the A275 junction, the A277 becomes Western Road and then shortly afterwards High Street, and we are entering the centre of Lewes. At this point, we encounter the one-way system around the centre of Lewes which causes the mapmakers so many problems.
The original A27 used to carry straight on along High Street, which is now one-way for westbound traffic, becoming Cliffe High Street, crossing over the River Ouse on Lewes Bridge and then, at the junction with the old A26, turning right onto South Street to head out of town. These roads are now all minor roads or pedestrianised.
The Lewes one-way system forms a rough square around the town centre and consists of Market Street on the west side (with the A2029 joining halfway along), Little East Street on the north side, Eastgate Street on the east side, and High Street on the south side. The A277 comes in at the south-west corner and Phoenix Causeway leaves from the north-east corner, crossing the River Ouse and connecting to the A26. The A26 then heads out of Lewes through a tunnel called either Obelisk Tunnel or Cuilfail Tunnel, and then rejoins the A27 at a roundabout at the end of the Lewes Bypass (or else it heads north to Uckfield).
The problem with the Lewes one-way system is that some maps show it as all being the A2029, some show it as partially the A2029 and partially the A277, while others show it entirely as the A277. It is definitely an A-road, but it is not definitely labelled. Similarly, Phoenix Causeway may be the A277, the A2029, or the A26.
So: the A277 starts on the A27 west of Lewes and runs into the town centre, either ending there or continuing across the river to join the A26.