Up to a thousand take part as A27 Arundel bypass consultation reaches halfway point

Eight hundred people have already had their say on proposals to create a new dual carriageway on the A27 at Arundel as an eight-week consultation reaches its half way point.

The statutory consultation is an opportunity for people to help shape the plans for the A27 at Arundel, one of the biggest road projects in the South East of England.

This is an opportunity to help National Highways to create a scheme which considers local people and businesses, environment and the wider region along the Sussex coast, and there are still four weeks left for people to share their views. 

As the only east-west trunk road south of the M25, the A27 connects many coastal communities between Portsmouth and Pevensey, near Eastbourne, and serves a combined population of more than one million people.

The A27 at Arundel is a significant traffic bottleneck, causing regular congestion and forcing traffic onto smaller, less suitable roads some of which are through the South Downs National Park.

Currently, the single carriageway section of the A27 through Arundel is highly congested, which leads to severe delays and unpredictable journey times. The proposed improvements would upgrade the A27 to create a new dual carriageway and will reduce journey times, improve reliability and make the road safer. These improvements will make a real difference for people living and working all along the route.

This statutory consultation started on Tuesday 11 January, and so far over 800 people have attended six events, with six more still to take place. The current eight-week consultation on the latest designs for the improvements lasts until Tuesday 8 March 2022.

These events have been in addition to the wide ranging online consultation, with people from all over the area engaging with the project, demonstrating the importance of the scheme. 

The Arundel bypass will connect communities, boost the economy and add vital extra resilience to the road network while reducing pressure on the existing road network.

National Highways A27 Arundel Bypass senior project lead Andrew Jackson said:

“We are pleased by the level of engagement in the scheme and we remain determined to ensure that everyone who has an interest in it gets the chance to have their say. There’s still plenty of time and various ways for people to share their views, and ask the team about any questions they may have, so I urge them to get involved.”

Those still wanting to give their views can still attend one of the following consultation events to speak with the project team:

  • Walberton Village Hall – Monday 21 February 11am – 7pm
  • Littlehampton Town Council Manor House – Tuesday 22 February 11am – 7pm
  • Cathedral Centre, Arundel – Thursday 24 February 11am – 7pm

The mobile display van will also be at:

  • Burpham Village Recreation Ground – Thursday 17 February 10am – 2pm
  • Regis Centre Car Park, Bognor Regis – Friday 18 February 10am – 2pm
  • Whiteways Car Park, Arundel – Saturday 19 February 10am – 2pm

All consultation materials can be found on the scheme website at: 

 https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-work/south-east/a27-arundel-bypass/

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