A27 Action

A27 Action

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

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

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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: March 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.

Community workshops are being arranged to 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.

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.

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, was set up to unify the call from businesses, the local community and local government to resolve the A27 problems in West Sussex.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Documents

  • A27 Chichester Consultation Response (1)

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  • A27 Route Strategy: Presentation (PDF, 1MB)

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  • A27 Route Strategy and Action Plan: Final Report, July 2013 (PDF, 9MB)

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  • Action A27 Parish council poster (PDF, 116KB)

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Highways England 22 September 2016

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Highways England 1 December 2016

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Highways England 16 December 2016

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Secretary of State 31 January 2017

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Secretary of State 3 March 2017

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  • A27 Chichester Bypass - Highways England Report on public consultation 3 March

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  • Highways England letter to Louise Goldsmith 11 April 2017

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  • Louise Goldsmith letter to Highways England 20 April 2017

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  • Louise Goldsmith and Tony Dignum letter to Secretary of State 21 April 2017

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