… 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 will make the ultimate decision on road options following the consultation.

Highways England

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.

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.

Current information on plans at Arundel: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a27-arundel-improvement/

Contact at HE for the scheme is A27ArundelBypass@HighwaysEngland.co.uk

HE project manager for the A27 is Sophie Hartfield – sofie.hartfield@highwaysengland.co.uk

Head of HE is Jim O’Sullivan – jim.osullivan@highwaysengland.co.uk

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council is the local transport authority and is responsible for all non-private roads in the county that are not trunk roads. It is a key consultee for Highways England’s road improvements.

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 support this and some evidence that a dual carriageway at Arundel cannot be economically justified.

Leader of the council is Louise Goldsmith – louise.goldsmith@westsussex.gov.uk.

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’.

http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/discover/why-are-we-a-national-park

The Park authority board comprises representatives of local authorities and national appointees.

To see their position and discussion of the whole A27 as well as Arundel, go here:

http://www.southdowns.gov.uk/a27-breaking-the-bottleneck

Chief Executive is Trevor Beattie – trevor.beattie@southdowns.gov.uk

Local Authorities

Arun District Council the planning authority for Arun and is also an important consultee for any developments and backs the Magenta dual carriageway route option at Arundel.

Chief Executive is Nigel Lynn – nigel.lynn@arun.gov.uk

Arun District councillors for Arundel are:

Faye Catterson – cllr.faye.catterson@arun.gov.uk

Paul Dendle – cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

Grant Roberts – cllr.grant.roberts@arun.gov.uk

MP

Nick Herbert – nick.herbert.mp@parliament.uk

Our MP has been an active member of A27 Action, calling for a big dual carriageway bypass and supports the Magenta route.

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 magenta route. There has been effectively no debate on the issues in the last 17 years.

Mayor Wendy Eve – mayor@arundeltowncouncil.gov.uk

Town Clerk – Sue Simpson – townclerk@arundeltowncouncil.gov.uk

Arundel Bypass Action 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. The group is supportive of the Arundel Alternative: https://www.arundelbypass.co.uk/

FB Arundel Bypass

South Coast Alliance for Transport and Environment (SCATE)

This is a network of various groups and landowners along the A27 who are concerned about road plans. Reports and updates can be found at: http://www.scate.org.uk

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 are available here:  https://www.cpre.org.uk/resources/transport/roads/item/4543-the-end-of-the-road-challenging-the-road-building-consensus

CPRE Sussex is a member of SCATE. Contact kia.trainor@cpresussex.org.uk