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 Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency) on behalf of the government.
The A27 is one of the most unreliable trunk roads in England. 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 priority.
In its June 2013 Spending Review, the government announced intentions to:
- upgrade the 6 junctions of the A27 Chichester Bypass
- complete an A27 corridor study (including identifying solutions for Worthing and Arundel).
In the 2014 Autumn Statement, the Government also announced commitments to provide A27 improvements at Arundel and Worthing. As a result, the Department for Transport (DfT) commissioned the A27 Corridor Feasibility Study with support from the County Council. The results of this study have informed the DfT Road Investment Strategy.