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.