A27 Arundel bypass

One of a package of 4 schemes to reduce congestion on the A27.

Region:  South East
Start date:  2019/20
Cost:  £100 million to £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A27 schemes

Progress report

We have decided to carry out a further non-statutory consultation for the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme.

This consultation, which is planned for spring 2019, will give local people a fresh look at all the viable options for upgrading the A27 using the latest available information.

View our press release.

Why we’ve chosen to conduct further consultation

An earlier consultation led to a preferred route, known as Option 5a, being announced in May. Since then, as part of Highways England’s work to develop the scheme for submission of a planning application, important new evidence has become available which merits putting the plans to the public again. This new information includes a redesign of the western end of the scheme where it re-joins the existing A27, updated traffic modelling results and updated data on and enhancements of the alternative Options 1 and 3.

This further round of consultation will give people an opportunity to comment on all matters presented at the previous consultation in 2017 and the new information available. It will allow consultees to comment on all three route options previously consulted upon: Option 1, Option 3 and Option 5a.

What's next?

Following the further non statutory consultation, we will consider the responses, alongside all other relevant evidence in order to determine the next steps for the project, including examination of the information gained against the preferred route and the alternative options.

If you have registered to receive updates you will be notified of when the consultation launches. If you would like to receive updates please subscribe to this page.

You can find documents from our May 2018 preferred route announcement in the Documents section below.

Timeline

Date Event
2015 A27 Corridor Feasibility Study
July – October 2017 Options consultation: Have your say
May 2018 Preferred route announcement
2019 Further non-statutory public consultation
TBC Submit application for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008
TBC Start construction

Why we need this scheme

As the only east-west trunk road south of the M25, the A27 serves a population of more than 750,000 people, and connects a number of coastal communities between Portsmouth and Pevensey, near Eastbourne. On average, West Sussex also attracts 17 million visitor days per year, which, according to VisitBritain, is worth around £508 million to the local economy.

The A27 is currently a dual carriageway on either side of Arundel, but the single carriageway section and junctions through the town cannot cope with today’s traffic volumes. Long queues approaching Arundel are commonplace and, with the population predicted to rise across the region in future, congestion and delays will only increase if nothing is done to improve the road. Road safety is also a concern with an above average number of accidents on this section of the A27, while congestion around Arundel results in some drivers seeking alternative routes which are less suited to accommodating higher traffic flows. These alternatives include the B2139 through the South Downs National Park, disrupting the otherwise tranquil nature of the Park. Residents in local towns and villages are also affected by increases in through traffic.

Aims

The objectives for the scheme are to:
  • improve capacity of the A27 whilst supporting local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned growth
  • reduce congestion, reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27
  • improve the safety of travellers along the A27 and consequently the wider local road network
  • improve accessibility for all users to local services and facilities
  • deliver a scheme that minimises environmental impact and seeks to protect and enhance the quality of the surrounding environment through its high quality design
  • respect the South Downs National Park and its special qualities in our decision-making

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A29 North and the A29 South. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2018 to 14 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the A29 South and the junction with the A29 North. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 12, 2018, 6:01 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A24 North and the A280 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 December 2018 to 06:00 on 13 December 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 10:41 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A29 North and the A29 South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2019 to 5 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 January 2019 to 11 January 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A29 South and the A285 Halnaker. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2019 to 5 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 January 2019 to 11 January 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the A285 Chichester and the junction with the A285 Halnaker. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 westbound exit slip to the A285 . Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the A29 North and the junction with the A285 Halnaker. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 30 November 2018 to 06:00 on 11 January 2019.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the A285 and the junction with the A29 South. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the junctions with the A29 South and the A29 North. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 14 December 2018 to 06:00 on 15 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the A285 Halnaker and the junction with the A29 North. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 22:00 on 30 November 2018 to 06:00 on 11 January 2019.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the junctions with the A29 South and the A29 North. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2019 to 5 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 January 2019 to 11 January 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 eastbound between the junctions with the A285 Halnaker and the A29 South. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 December 2018 to 22 December 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 January 2019 to 5 January 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 January 2019 to 11 January 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the A29 South and the junction with the A285 Halnaker. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 16 December 2018 to 06:00 on 17 December 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: December 10, 2018, 9:07 am

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