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.


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 known as the Highways Agency) on behalf of the government and 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, central government announced intentions to do the following between 2013 and 2019:

  • upgrade the 6 junctions of the A27 Chichester Bypass
  • complete an A27 corridor study (including identifying solutions for Worthing and Arundel) between 2015 to 2019.

As a result, the Department for Transport (DfT) is investigating long-term solutions through the A27 Corridor Feasibility Study, for which we are providing support.

A27 Action campaign

We have established a campaign to present central government with a robust case for improving the A27 across West Sussex.

Visit the A27 Action website for:

  • key information about the campaign and what it hopes to achieve
  • a short survey aimed at businesses to obtain information to support the case for A27 improvements.

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).

Current progress and next steps

A27 Chichester Bypass: Highways England is currently undertaking preparatory work for assessing scheme options and for a consultation. If central government approves, a public consultation is anticipated during 2015.

A27 Corridor Study (including solutions for Arundel and Worthing/Lancing): An initial scoping and evidence-gathering phase has recently concluded. Work to identify options for the A27 corridor is underway, which will be followed by an appraisal to assess option impacts. We anticipate this work will be completed in autumn 2014.

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.

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.

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.

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