Better Roads, Not Bigger
Highways England has selected the highly damaging Grey Route as their preferred option for the Arundel A27 bypass. Ignoring the consultation results in which two thirds of the public rejected the off-line big bypass options, they selected the route that was not only the least popular but also the longest and most expensive, costing £455 million, nearly double the original budget. You can see the Highways England consultation information here.
The fight is far from over, however. Selection of a preferred route is only the beginning of the process. Highways England must now hold a statutory consultation on the Grey Route, prior to applying for development consent to the planning inspectorate. The Planning Inspector then decides whether to recommend that the scheme go ahead. The consultation is expected to take place in October of this year, and the public will be invited to comment.
We will be staging a number of events over the next few months (subject to Covid restrictions of course) to protest this destructive road proposal and to promote the Arundel Alternative as the cost effective, environmentally friendly option. Check back here for news and upcoming events and if you’re not yet on our mailing list, sign up now by clicking here.
For information on the Arundel Alternative go to ArundelAlternative.org
This website is provided by Arundel SCATE – a group of residents and businesses looking for more advanced and less destructive transport choices for the area. We oppose plans for an A27 dual carriageway here, and we support the Arundel Alternative Route, a short single carriageway road from the unfinished junction at Crossbush, linking with the Ford Road roundabout. In addition we want to see improved access through a mix of measures including smaller road improvements, walking and cycling infrastructure and better public transport.
Department for Transport plans for developing the A27 as a dual carriageway across the Arun Valley at Arundel have been previously rejected as too environmentally damaging and not cost effective.
Following a consultation in 2017, Highways England chose the highly damaging dual carriageway option 5A as their preferred route and two judicial reviews were scheduled to challenge this decision, but before they took place, Highways England announced their intention to run another consultation. That consultation has completed and Highways England has chosen the environmentally destructive and costly Grey Route as their preferred route.
The Grey route will demolish homes, effectively destroying villages of Tortington and Binsted (with many households unlikely to receive compensation), and severely impacting Walberton, including positioning a major dual carriageway alongside a primary school playground and yards from a 12th century church. As with all of the big offline dual carriageway options, it is extremely environmentally damaging, destroying the water meadows in the Arun valley, severing important wildlife habitats and impacting the setting of the South Downs National Park, as well as increasing traffic and accelerating climate change.
There is a better way! The Arundel Alternative, developed by local residents, is an uninterrupted, 40mph short section of wide single carriageway road linking Crossbush with the existing Ford Road roundabout. It minimises damage to our countryside, improving safety while providing traffic flow and giving access to Arundel residents and businesses. It optimises road space to balance improved traffic flow with minimising ‘induced traffic’. Find out more about the Arundel Alternative here.
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