Release date: 5 June 2018
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure has taken the decision on its preferred option on the A27 Chichester route.
Cabinet Member Bob Lanzer has decided that the preferred option is a northern route with a southern route as a reasonable alternative option.
The preferred option is a new strategic northern bypass with free-flowing junctions with the existing A27.
The alternative includes major works on all six junctions of the existing A27 to the south of Chichester.
The decision has been made following a meeting of the County Councils Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee on Monday 4 June.
The select committee recommended a single concept to go forward which was the northern route as the council's preferred option.
Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, Bob Lanzer said: “This decision has been made after a long process of listening to the views of the community, attending the Build a Better A27 group meetings and
considering the full report produced by SYSTRA as well as the comments of our select committee.
“It is important that we put in both a preferred and an alternative option to Highways England to maximise consensus with the community at this stage. A lot of work has gone into engaging the community and we want to build on this momentum.
“Key to our success in achieving these improvements to the A27 is local consensus and we are hopeful that our partners will be aligned with our decision.”
This decision will be submitted to Highways England for consideration as part of the Government’s next round of funding for RIS2 (Road Investment Strategy 2).
The County Council would like to see both schemes fully assessed by Highways England and taken forward to statutory consultation, with their expressed preference being for the route to the north.