Monday, 1 December 2014

Governments £350M announcement on the A27 (Extract from the report)

I welcome the governments announcement on the A27 improvements which include an offline solution for an Arundel By-Pass, the important thing to remember is that there will be a public enquiry and full public consultation, the route which is still to be decided will start with the preferred route e.g. the Pink Blue route (Option A), the design and final details are all still to be decided, I welcome an open debate on this and would hope the Town Council can organise a balanced public meeting of local people from the existing Arundel ward..
Pink Blue route (Option A).

For info This is in Page 21 of the governments document which I have cut and pasted into this post.

"The A27
The A27 is the only east-west trunk road south of the M25. It links the key coastal urban areas between Portsmouth and Eastbourne with each other and the rest of the SRN. Over three quarters of a million people are concentrated in the urbanised coastal area. The route also runs along and through the South Downs National Park.

Over 60% of the 67 miles length of road is dual carriageway, while four stretches of the road remain single carriageway at Arundel, Worthing and east of Lewes. The local economy has strengths in advanced engineering, tourism and other sectors and has accommodated substantial growth over the past decade. Over 60,000 new homes and substantial employment growth are expected to be developed over
the next 15 years along the coast.

There are a variety of short and long distance trips along the route, but few travelling end to-end along the A27. The towns and cities attract additional traffic during the morning and evening peak hours and there are also seasonal increases in traffic. So, our aim is to address congestion at key hotspots, the delays for road users, separation of communities – notably in Arundel, Worthing and Lancing – air pollution, and an above average number of accidents. We are therefore announcing an investment package worth around £350 million and consisting of the following:

●● A27 Arundel bypass – a new dual carriageway bypass to link together the
two existing dual carriageway sections of the road. The starting point will be the
previous preferred route, subject to consultation with the National Park
Authority, local government and the public on this, and alternative options.

●● A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements – improvements to the capacity of the road and junctions along the stretch of single carriageway in Worthing and narrow lane dual carriageway in Lancing. The extent and scale of the improvements, including the option of full dualling, are to be agreed in
consultation with West Sussex County Council and the public.

●● A27 East of Lewes
– funding set aside pending further work on capacity increases following review of long term
growth plans in light of any recommendation made by the Airports Commission.
We will also develop sustainable transport measures at Arundel, Worthing, Lancing and
East of Lewes

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