A27 Action

A27 Action

Find the latest updates on calls to improve the A27 at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing.

Find the latest updates on calls to improve the A27 at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing.


About

About

About

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.

These pages will give the latest updates on the Government intentions for the A27 at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing.

Current progress and next steps

Current progress and next steps

Latest update: July 2017

Chichester: two workshops have now been held with local community representatives and a further workshop has been held with business representatives as part of the Build a Better A27 project.  Information gathered through the workshops is currently being processed and will inform the next stage of the project.

Worthing & Lancing: on 19 July 2017, Highways England launched a consultation on a single option for improving the A27 at Worthing and Lancing.  The consultation closes on 12 September 2017.  More information about the proposals and details of local consultation events can be accessed on the consultation page (link to https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-worthing-and-lancing-improvement/)

Arundel: Highways England have announced that a consultation on options will take place between 22nd August and 16th October 2017.  More information about the options and details of consultation events that will take place in the local area will be published in advance of the consultation (link to http://roads.highways.gov.uk/projects/a27-arundel-improvement/)

 

Update: June 2017

Chichester: Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has announced that having considered the consultation feedback, improvements to the A27 at Chichester have been cancelled.

On Monday 6 March 2017, councillors, community groups and campaigners came together and pledged their support for finding a way forward for the improvements at Chichester.

The first community workshop, called Build a Better A27, was held on 22 March 2017 and the group began the work together. These workshops draw on the expertise and knowledge of people locally and the intention is to bring in outside experience and impartiality where needed, to find a solution to put to Government and ask them to reconsider their decision.

The next community workshop is due to take place in June 2017.

Highways England has published its report on the A27 Chichester bypass public consultation, which can be viewed in the documents section below.

Arundel, Worthing and Lancing: Consultation on options for improving the A27 at Arundel, Worthing and Lancing are expected to take place in summer 2017.

 

Update: September 2016

Highways England has launched a consultation on options for the A27 Chichester Bypass. The consultation closes on 22 September 2016. The County Council has now submitted a consultation response to Highways England which can be viewed in the documents section below.

 

Update: July 2016

Highways England has launched a consultation on options for the A27 Chichester Bypass. The consultation closes on 22 September 2016.

DfT Roads Investment Strategy: The Roads Investment Strategy includes commitments to upgrade all junctions on the A27 Chichester bypass, provide a new A27 dual carriageway bypass at Arundel and to make improvements to the capacity of the A27 road and junctions through Worthing and Lancing.

A27 Arundel, Worthing and Lancing: Scheme option development work is progressing as well as discussions with stakeholders. Appraisal work to assess traffic and environmental impacts will be carried out during 2016.

 


Documents

  • A27 Chichester Consultation Response

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  • Build a Better A27 Community Workshop Notes: 22nd June 2017

    Notes from the Community Workshop held at Bracklesham Barn on 22nd June 2017

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  • Southern Gateway Residents Association: A27 Community Workshop Notes

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  • WSCC, LEP and CDC letter to SoS re A27

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  • A27 Chichester Bypass: Highways England Consultation Report

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  • 18.04.2017 Letter from Highways England re:A27

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  • 20.04.2017 Letter from LG to JO re: A27

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  • Joint letter CDC/ WSCC to SoS CG re: A27

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  • Build a Better A27: Community Workshop notes 22nd March 2017

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  • Build a Better A27: Community and Business meeting notes 24th July 2017

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  • Build a Better A27: Pledge to work together

    At the Build a Better A27 Community workshops, those attending have developed some guiding principles, which the group work to. This is referred to as the Build a Better A27 pledge to work together.

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  • Selsey A27 Forum: Nine objectives for an A27 solution

    Selsey A27 Forum unanimously adopted the following nine objectives in June 2017, which it commends to the Build a Better A27 Community Workshop.

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  • Build a Better A27 Community Workshop 22nd June 2017

    These are the notes from the community stakeholder workshop that took place at Bracklesham Barn.

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  • Western Manhood Community Group meeting notes 14th July 2017

    Notes produced from the Western Manhood Community Group meeting held on 14th July 2017 at Bracklesham Barn. These notes have been fed into the work of the Build a Better A27 for Chichester group work.

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  • BABA27 workshop notes 21 August 2017

    Notes from the key stakeholder workshop held on 21 August 2017 at the Assembly Rooms, Chichester.

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  • Build a Better A27: Summary note 6th March 2017 meeting

    Notes from the first meeting held in relation to the Build a Better A27 activity, following the announcement from the Secretary of State that the Chichester scheme had been cancelled. Community representatives and stakeholders were in attendance.

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  • Consultation Response A27 Worthing - Lancing

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  • WSCC/ Arun DC/ HE meeting 7th July 2017

    Meeting held between West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council, Highway England on 7th July.

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  • Letter from Gillian Keegan to residents September 2017

    Letter from Gillian Keegan MP to residents, outlining her recent discussions with Highways England and Government Ministers on the A27 scheme at Chichester.

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  • Letter from Highways England to Gillian Keegan MP September 2017

    A letter to Gillian Keegan MP from Jim O'Sullivan from Highways England, outlining their recent discussions on the A27 scheme at Chichester.

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  • Build a Better A27: Meeting notes 25 September 2017

    Notes from the Build a Better A27 meeting held on Monday 25 September 2017.

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Build a Better A27 - Chichester

In March 2017 the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling announced a cancellation of the A27 scheme at Chichester, due to lack of community support, despite the community calling for many years for improvements on their stretch of road.

On the 6th March 2017, Councillors, community groups and campaigners came together to pledge their support in finding a way forward for improvements to the A27 at Chichester. It was agreed at this meeting that a further community workshop will be held to see how this could be taken forward.

This followed with a community workshop with invited stakeholders on 22nd March at Chichester College to come together on how the community could find a way of taking this forward to A27 road solution that was right for Chichester. At this session the group agreed on how they wanted to work together and what success looks like from this process.

West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council agreed to write a further letter to Highways England to seek further clarity on what options were open to Chichester in relation to money for the scheme being still available.

Link to letters above in the documents section.

West Sussex County Council have agreed to provide the secretariat for these workshops, which includes the organisation, note taking, the management of this webpage as a means to update the community and an email inbox for enquiries buildabettera27@westsussex.gov.uk

Latest updates

June 2017

A community stakeholder workshop takes place this month. The agenda has been provided to those on the invite list. The group signed up to a set of guiding principles to work together. This document can be found in the documents section.

July 2017

A business workshop took place on 12 July, with invited business representatives to discuss the work already undertaken by those invited to the community sessions.

On 24 July those stakeholders who have been attending the community workshops and business workshop earlier in the month, met together to discuss the community and business key requirements for a future A27. The notes from this meeting are available in the documents section.

August 2017

A meeting was held with community and business stakeholders/ representatives. The group heard an update from Gillian Keegan MP and had the opportunity to ask questions. The notes from this meeting can be found in the documents section.

September 2017

Gillian Keegan MP agreed at the last community and business stakeholder meeting to speak with ministers regarding the next steps. A update on these discussion are available in the documents section which contains a letter from Gillian Keegan MP and a letter from Highways England to Gillian Keegan MP.

A community meeting took place with invited community stakeholders and representatives to discuss the feedback from Gillian Keegan MP on her discussions with Highways England and Government Ministers. The community were asked to give Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council a steer on their response to Highways England on whether we continue with the current schemes under RIS1 or defer to RIS2. The outcome are documented in the notes which can be found in the documents section.

If you have any queries or questions regarding this, please email BuildABetterA27@westsussex.gov.uk

 

Find out more

For general enquiries or further information on the Build a Better A27 for Chichester workshops, please contact us.

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