Release date: 11 May 2018
Highways England’s selection of Option 5A as its preferred route for the A27 Arundel bypass has been welcomed by the county council. However, details of the environmental mitigation package to accompany the proposed road are eagerly awaited.
Bob Lanzer, the council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said: “I believe Highways England’s announcement is good news, provided the environmental mitigation package that we requested be delivered as part of the scheme, is high quality. If the package lives up to local hopes, the substantial economic benefits of this option should outweigh the overall environmental impacts over the longer term.
“Option 5A represents the best fit with the strategic outcomes that the council is seeking for the A27. It seems this view was shared by many others in the local community.
“We look forward to seeing the detail in due course and working with Highways England to ensure the environmental mitigation package meets expectations.”
At the end of September 2017, the council’s Environmental and Community Services Select Committee scrutinised a draft response to the consultation on three options put forward by Highways England and heard from community representatives with different viewpoints.
The committee concluded that, of the options presented by Highways England, Option 5A would have the most benefit to traffic and the economy. The scheme will relieve congestion at Arundel and attract traffic that currently rat runs through residential areas and South Downs National Park to avoid congestion.
However, they also recognised that it would have adverse effects on the environment and people who live in areas such as Binsted, so recommended that a high-quality package of environmental mitigation measures be delivered as part of the scheme.
Although this is good news for Arundel, the bottlenecks on A27 at Worthing, Lancing and Chichester still require improvement. The council hopes that a similar announcement will soon be made for the A27 Worthing and Lancing scheme. We are also working with local community stakeholders to develop consensus for an A27 improvement scheme at Chichester that can be promoted for inclusion in its Roads Investment Strategy.