Highways England has outlined six options to help reduce congestion at the A27 around Arundel – one of the worst bottlenecks in south east England.
The plans have been outlined by the organisation responsible for the successful operation of England’s main roads so that drivers and businesses using the A27 close to Arundel will benefit from shorter journeys and be less likely to hit congestion.
All options aim to make the road a dual carriageway to join up the two existing sections of dual carriageway either side of Arundel.
This will reduce journey duration, improve reliability and also increase road safety – one of the government’s major aims, and something that many local authorities are working towards.
A public consultation has been set up so that interested stakeholders can have their say.
Jason Hones is the A27 Arundel Bypass programme leader for Highways England.
He has encouraged businesses and other community groups to engage with the consultation.
“These plans will tackle one of the biggest traffic bottlenecks in the south east, and will improve journeys for thousands of drivers of the A27, not only in and around Arundel but along the whole south coast.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in the A27 and Arundel to get involved in this consultation – whether they’re commuters, residents or visitors of the area for leisure; their input will be vital in finding the right balance going forward.
“We have assessed all the viable options in greater detail than before so that people can see and understand all the factors and help us decide which ones strike the right balance.”
All six options feature a mix of improvements along the existing road, as well as new sections south of the town.
These include improvements along the existing A27 route, with almost three miles of new carriageway; almost 4 miles of new dual carriageway; other options offer even greater amounts of new carriageway, building on A27 improvements in the region.