Route selected for A27 Arundel bypass

May 16 2018   | Region: South East

Route selected for A27 Arundel bypass
Congestion relief at Arundel on the A27 in West Sussex is in sight after a preferred route was announced for a £250M dual carriageway bypass.
The route being taken forward (Option 5a) will take traffic to the south of the town, linking the Crossbush junction to the east with a new junction between Binsted Lane and Yapton to the west.
Highways England says this 6km route will minimise the impact on woodland and a National Park and do the most to reduce journey times and support the local economy. It is said the scheme will shave up to eight minutes off journeys heading west and 12 minutes off journeys heading east.
Programme lead Alan Feist said: “These ambitious plans will fill in a missing link on the A27, improving 21,000 journeys every day for drivers from Arundel and beyond.
“Nearly 10,000 people took part in the consultation. We will continue to work with people and take their views into account as we further develop the project’s design so we can deliver a project that successfully improves journeys, respects the environment and helps to enhance the historic town of Arundel.”
Further consultation will take place next year and work on the bypass is expected to begin in 2020.
Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert said the bypass is desperately needed to reduce congestion and tackle poor air quality. “With thousands more houses planned for West Sussex, congestion on the A27 will only get worse. Doing nothing is no longer an option.”
He added: “The Arundel bypass is essential – together with upgrades at Chichester and Worthing – to free up traffic and protect the South Downs.” 
But the Campaign for Better Transport warned that if the scheme goes ahead it will “set a terrible precedent” and will lead to “more destructive roads in the South Downs National Park”.
Chief executive Stephen Joseph added: “Ancient woodland can't just be cut down and replaced by new trees and should not be traded off against small time savings by motorists.”
(Photo: Highways England)

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