A27 – Better Not Bigger
- Guided walk, Sunday 17th September
- A27 Arundel: Options for a Better Future presentation, Thursday 21st September
See the Diary page for full details
Arundel A27 Public Consultation Dates Announced
The Highways England public consultation on Arundel A27 options runs from Tuesday 22nd August to 16th October. Highways England have published the consultation brochure on the Arundel A27 Bypass. The brochure and the list of public consultation events can be found here.
See the Highways England Consultation page on for our position statement
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 at Arundel, but want to see improved access through a mix of measures including road improvements (including a smaller new road), walking and cycling infrastructure, better public transport and intelligent planning measures.
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 (1).
However, plans are now underway again, funding has been allocated as part of the 2015 Road Investment Strategy, and the Highways England schedule has construction of a new road starting in 2020.
A massive ‘offline’ (away from the existing road) dual carriageway would cut across the Arun Valley, affecting flood management and destroying the water meadows and irreplaceable ancient woodland in the South Downs National Park. Populations of birds and rare and protected species including bats and dormice would be lost. The historic landscape, enjoyed by locals and visitors, popular for local walks and with ancient history, would be spoiled forever.
All this destruction is unlikely to produce any long term transport benefits. New road space will fill up with new traffic and increase traffic levels in nearby roads and in business and residential areas which feed the A27. Highways England reports tell us pollution is likely to increase in the town, as a result of a major new road. Commercial and housing ‘infill’ development is likely between Arundel and Ford.
A27 Arundel dual carriageway proposals are a waste of public money, short sighted, highly destructive and out of date.
Photographs © Natasha Clark, 2016. Please do not reproduce.