A27 Action

A27 Action

Find out about our campaign to upgrade the A27.

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Find out about our campaign to upgrade the A27.

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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.

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.

Current progress and next steps

Current progress and next steps

Latest 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

A27 Action campaign

A27 Action campaign

The County Council has worked with district councils and local businesses to establish a campaign to present central government with a robust case for improving the A27 across West Sussex. The campaign work continues.

Visit the A27 Action website for key information about the campaign and what it hopes to achieve.

Watch a video about how the A27 affects businesses throughout Sussex.

Watch a video focussing on the issues from a resident perspective.

You can also find out more on Facebook (A27 Action) and Twitter (@A27Action).

Contact us about A27 Action

Previous proposals for the A27 in West Sussex

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, Highways England worked with us and other partners 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 England website.

Following a cost review in 2009, these proposals were not progressed further.

Background information: A27 Action Plan study

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.

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