A27 Action Plan
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 England.
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.
The West Sussex Transport Plan 2011-2026 prioritises
improvements to the main bottlenecks on the A27 at Chichester,
Arundel, Worthing, and Lancing.
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 under supporting documents.
However, the above short-term plan has not progressed to the
consultation stage because, in its June 2013 Spending Review,
government announced new plans to upgrade the A27 Chichester Bypass
in the period 2015-2019 and to complete an A27 corridor study,
including identifying solutions for Worthing and Arundel, also in
2015 to 2019.
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 the next
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, expected to be presented to
ministers later this year.
Publicity Campaign – An 'A27 Action' publicity
campaign, led by the County Council, will be staged over summer and
early autumn 2014 with the aim of unifying the call from the
business and local community and local government for appropriate
solutions to A27 improvement needs in West Sussex.
We will publish updates here as the project progresses.
For further information, please contact the Planning and
Transport Policy Team:
Recent History of 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 the County Council, 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’s website. Following a cost review in 2009,
these proposals were not progressed further.
In its June 2013 Spending Review central government announced
intentions, for the period 2015 to 2019, to:
- upgrade the six junctions of the A27 Chichester Bypass,
- complete an A27 corridor study (including identifying solutions
for Worthing and Arundel).
In addition, the Highways Agency has commenced work on a regional
Route-Based Strategy (a new approach to investment planning which
will identify operational, maintenance and enhancement priorities
for trunk roads) which will include the A27 and M23/A23 in West
Sussex. The evidence gathering phase has been recently
completed and work on identifying solutions and determining a Route
Based Strategy for the South Central area is anticipated to
commence later this year.
Further information on the above plans and proposals will be
provided, or ‘sign-posted’, as it becomes known to us.
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