Arundel A27 Bypass
The Highways England public consultation is formally closed. They will announce their preferred route option winter 2017/18 and consult on its design, summer 2018.
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A27 Arundel dual carriageway proposals are a waste of public money, short sighted, highly destructive and out of date.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.