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 performance of the local economy
as the A27 constrains much needed development and 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 the County
Council’s highest priority.
In its June 2013 Spending Review, central government announced
intentions, for the period 2015 to 2019, to:
- upgrade the 6 junctions of the A27 Chichester Bypass;
- complete an A27 corridor study (including identifying solutions
for Worthing and Arundel).
As a result of these commitments, the Department for Transport
(DfT) is investigating long-term solutions for the corridor through
the A27 Corridor Feasibility Study. We are providing support to
A27 Action campaign
We have established the A27 Action campaign to present central
government with a robust case, demonstrating the need for improving
the A27 across West Sussex.
In West Sussex, the campaign seeks to achieve:
- dualling of the A27 across West Sussex;
- improved junctions at Chichester and Fontwell;
- a bypass of Arundel; and
- improvements to the Worthing to Lancing corridor.
Visit the A27 Action
- key information about the campaign; and
- a short survey aimed at businesses to obtain information to
support the case for A27 improvements.
Current progress and next steps
A27 Chichester Bypass: The Highways Agency is
currently undertaking preparatory work for a scheme options
assessment and consultation phase. Subject to central government
approval, a public consultation might be staged in 2015.
A27 Corridor Study (including solutions for Arundel and
Worthing/Lancing): An initial scoping and
evidence-gathering phase has recently concluded. An options
identification stage is underway, which will be followed by an
appraisal to assess the impacts of the options. The study is
expected to be complete in autumn 2014.
Publicity Campaign: The A27 Action campaign,
led by the County Council, has been set up with the aim of unifying
the call from businesses, the local community and local government
for appropriate solutions to A27 improvement needs in West
Background information: A27 Action Plan study
In late 2012 there appeared no obvious prospect of Government
intervention to determine significant, appropriate solutions and it
was likely that improvements to the A27 would continue to be
delayed. We therefore engaged consultants to prepare a short term
Action Plan for the A27 that would be capable of supporting local
economic growth and bringing forward planned development needed to
meet local needs.
This work was completed in 2013 and concluded
that a realistic set of short-term, affordable proposals could be
delivered for key junctions at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and
Lancing but similar short-term solutions would not significantly
improve performance in the Arundel area (although modest ‘online’
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.
However, the above short-term plan was not progressed to the
consultation stage because, in its June 2013 Spending Review,
central government announced new plans to upgrade the A27
Chichester Bypass to complete an A27 corridor study, including
identifying solutions for Worthing and Arundel, between 2015 to
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, other local authorities
and statutory environmental bodies to develop a local strategy and
improvement options for the A27 Chichester bypass.
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 progressed further.
Contact the Planning and Transport Policy Team to find out