The A27 is the only major east-west road along the South Coast,
linking Brighton, Worthing, Chichester, Portsmouth, Southampton,
and beyond. It is managed and operated by the Highways Agency on behalf of the
Government and is one of the most unreliable trunk roads in
This unreliability affects the local economy as it
causes delays for businesses, residents and visitors to West
Sussex. In the Transport
Plan, we have identified improvements to the main bottlenecks
at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing, and Lancing as our highest
In its June 2013 Spending Review, central government announced
intentions to do the following between 2013 and 2019:
- upgrade the 6 junctions of the A27 Chichester Bypass
- complete an A27 corridor study (including identifying solutions
for Worthing and Arundel) between 2015 to 2019.
As a result, the Department for Transport (DfT) is investigating
long-term solutions through the A27 Corridor Feasibility Study, for
which we are providing support.
A27 Action campaign
We have established a campaign to present central government
with a robust case for improving the A27 across West Sussex.
Visit the A27 Action website for:
- key information about the campaign and what it hopes to
- a short survey aimed at businesses to obtain information to
support the case for A27 improvements.
You can also find out more on Facebook (A27 Action) and
Current progress and next steps
A27 Chichester Bypass: The Highways Agency is
currently undertaking preparatory work for assessing scheme options
and for a consultation. If central government approves, a public
consultation is anticipated during 2015.
A27 Corridor Study (including solutions for
Arundel and Worthing/Lancing): An initial scoping and
evidence-gathering phase has recently concluded. Work to identify
options for the A27 corridor is underway, which will be followed by
an appraisal to assess option impacts. We anticipate this work will
be completed in autumn 2014.
Publicity campaign: The A27 Action campaign,
led by the County Council, has been set up to unify the call from
businesses, the local community and local government to resolve the
A27 problems in West Sussex.
Background information: A27 Action Plan study
At the end of 2012 it seemed unlikely that the Government would
intervene to find solutions to the A27 problems. So, we engaged
consultants to prepare a short-term Action Plan.
This offered a realistic set of short-term, affordable proposals
for key junctions at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing.
However, it concluded that similar short-term solutions would not
significantly improve performance in the Arundel area (although
modest improvements would likely be necessary to support planned
development or other local network improvements). A presentation
and the technical report for this work are available below.
We did not progress the Action Plan as central government
announced new plans to upgrade Chichester Bypass and complete an
A27 corridor study in its June 2013 Spending Review.
Previous proposals for the A27 in West Sussex
Following the Secretary of State for Transport’s rejection of
the South Coast Multi Modal Study (SoCoMMS) recommendations in
2003, the Highways Agency worked with us and other partners to
develop a local strategy and improvement options for the A27
These options were the subject of a local public consultation
held in late 2004/early 2005. Information on the strategy and
options presented is available on the
Highways Agency website.
Following a cost review in 2009, these proposals were not
Contact the Planning and Transport Policy Team to find out