Arundel Bypass

A27 – Better Not Bigger

Arundel A27 Bypass – HE Announcement

On Friday 11 May, Highways England announced that they have chosen option 5A as their preferred route for the Arundel A27 bypass. This is a costly and environmentally damaging route that will severely impact the villages of Binsted, Walberton and Tortington. See the Media page for our response.

You can find details of the HE announcement here.

A New Transport Vision

A new study, commissioned by South Coast Alliance for Transport and Environment (SCATE), has been released which provides a fully evidence-based framework for an integrated plan for a new approach to transport for the sub-region – for walking, cycling, bus, rail and private transport.  See the full report here.

Arundel Scate is holding a launch event for the New Transport Vision in Arundel Town Hall, 17th May, 7.30 pm. See the Diary page for full details, and for the link to book your seat at the event.

Arundel A27 Bypass

The Highways England public consultation is formally closed.

The consultation brochure can still be found here. We will continue to highlight better alternatives.

See the Highways England Consultation page on for our response to the consultation.

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.