… and what’s what
Department for Transport
Department for Transport develops transport policy for the UK and commissions Highways England to undertake trunk road building and maintenance.
In its spending review 2014, the Treasury allocated a total of £350m to development of the A27 at Arundel, Worthing, Lancing and Polegate. Major road-building proposals for Chichester (separately funded) were abandoned early 2017. Proposals for Worthing and Lancing are now limited to junction improvements and will keep much of the existing single carriageway route.
The Secretary of State for Transport is currently Chris Grayling MP who will make the ultimate decision on road options.
West Sussex County Council
WSCC set up A27 Action, a campaign to persuade government to extend a dual carriageway the length of the A27, including at Arundel. WSCC argues that the road expansion is needed for the economy. There is no real evidence to back this up (only hearsay) and some evidence that a dual carriageway at Arundel cannot be economically justified.
Read more here
Arun District Council
Arun District Council is the planning authority for Arun and is also an important consultee for any developments and backs the ‘pink-blue’ dual carriageway route option at Arundel.
Arun DC’s ‘A27 Arundel Bypass Wider Economic Impact Study (2013)’ is a survey of businesses in 2013 and the only available evidence quoted by HE for economic benefit of the bypass. It is of very poor quality, with biased questions, and ultimately draws on the responses of just two businesses to demonstrate national economic benefit. Half of business respondents said a new road would be of no or negative benefit. You can download it here.
Chief Executive is Nigel Lynn – click to email
Arun District councillors for Arundel are:
Paul Dendle – click to email
Norman Dingemans – click to email (also on SDNPA board)
Robert Wheal – click to email
Arundel Town Council
At parish level, the town council has few powers but is regarded as representative of local opinion. The council’s position on the A27 is to support the pink-blue route. There has been no debate on the issues in over 15 years and no note of any debate or arguments are available prior to that time. A minority of councillors oppose the pink-blue route, but requests for debate have been voted against. A public meeting for debate was promised in 2015 . The council now promises to hold a public debate when Highways England consultation options are announced.
Click here to email to Mayor of Arundel
Click here to email Arundel Town Council
South Coast Alliance for Transport and Environment (SCATE)
This is a loose network of various groups and landowners along the A27 who are concerned about road plans.
Reports and updates can be found at www.scate.org.uk
The network is supported by Campaign for Better Transport, a national charity, which provided information and campaign materials. www.bettertransport.org.uk
Tortington residents are very concerned about the impact on their lives and environment of any route option through Tortington including the Pink/Blue route.
You can read more on the Tortington Local Community website.
Highways England is a road-building company wholly owned by the government. It ‘operates, maintains and improves England’s motorways and major A roads.‘ This is the Strategic Road Network (SRN) of trunk roads.
HE’s 2015 strategy is here and says it seeks to develop an expressway (road type close to motorway conditions) along the A27.
The A27 is included in the SRN but does not exhibit the traffic characteristics of a typical trunk road: there is very little long distance traffic – over half is less than 15 miles – and HGVs are about 5% of journeys (and declining).
HE currently uses consultants WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff.
Current information HE on plans at Arundel is here
HE project manager for the A27 is Sophie Hartfield. Head of HE is Jim O’Sullivan
South Downs National Park Authority
South Downs National Park Authority is the planning authority for the National Park and is an important consultee on any development proposed within the National Park or outside, that impacts on the Park. They have a duty to ensure the park’s special qualities are ‘understood, appreciated, conserved and enhanced’.
Chief Executive is Trevor Beattie.
Click here to email Trevor Beattie
Nick Herbert MP
Our MP, Nick Herbert, has been an active member of A27 Action, calling for the ‘pink-blue’ dual carriageway bypass.
Click here to email Nick Herbert
Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC)
This Binsted and Walberton-based residents group, established in the 1980s to oppose early plans for a bypass through Binsted, is very active. They have raised the profile of the area in the path of bypass route options, its wildlife and heritage and provide LOTS of information and links at their website www.arundelbypass.co.uk.
ABNC on Facebook
Arundel A27 Forum
This is an informal forum for organisations seeking inclusion of the new Single Purple route in the Highways England options for consultation. Details and explanation of this short, single carriageway proposal are at www.ArundelA27Forum.org.uk where you can register for information, support (or otherwise) and comment.
Organisations signed up to the Forum include CPRE Sussex, the South Downs Society, several local businesses and Arundel SCATE.
Click here to email Arundel A27 Forum
Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
This is a national charity with a Sussex branch. CPRE has done some recent research on road-building schemes across the UK which shows that new roads do not live up to their promise of relieving congestion or economic benefit. A very short video explaining their findings and their report ‘The end of the road?’ is available here.
CPRE Sussex is a member of SCATE.
Click here to email CPRE