A27 Arundel bypass

One of a package of four 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'll be carrying out a further non-statutory consultation for the A27 Bypass scheme between 30 August and 24 October 2019. The consultation will give people a fresh look at all the proposed options for upgrading the A27, using the latest available information.

Please read our Approach to public consultation document for more information on how we plan to carry out the consultation and the different ways we will collect feedback. This also includes details of the public consultation exhibitions near you.

Our priority is to ensure we fully consider our customers and communities in the design and delivery of all road improvement schemes. The consultation will be open for eight weeks and there will be a lot of ways to have your say. So please share any views, ideas or local knowledge you may have during this period.

If you've registered to receive updates about the scheme, you'll be notified when the consultation launches. Alternatively, if you’re yet to register for these updates and would like to receive them, please sign up for updates.

You'll be able to respond via this page from Friday 30 August 2019.

What's next?

During the further consultation, you'll have a chance to review all of this information and have your say on the proposed improvement options for the A27 around Arundel. You'll also be able to ask our project team any questions you might have about the proposals at one of our consultation events. More details about the consultation will be available nearer the time.

Following consultation, we'll take your feedback – and all other relevant information – into account, before determining the next steps for the project.

Timeline

Date Event
2015 A27 Corridor Feasibility Study
July – October 2017 Options consultation: Have your say
May 2018 Preferred route announcement
30 August to 24 October 2019 Further options consultation
2020 New preferred route announcement
2020 Public consultation on the preferred route
2021 Submit application for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008
2022-23 Subject to approval, start construction

Community news


Elected Representatives’ Forum

The Elected Representatives’ Forum provides a way for Highways England to engage with communities local to the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme. The forum will help local communities, via their elected representatives, to find accurate, up-to-date information about the scheme, through the consultation and planning stages and what they can expect – for example, emerging evidence and design options. It is also a way for the local communities to understand what the scheme means for them and how it will progress over the years.

The Forum most recently met in June 2019. You can find out what was discussed in this meeting along with all former meetings via the links below:

The next meeting will be held in September. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the A27 Arundel Bypass project team, please email: a27arundelbypass@highwaysengland.co.uk.


Spotlight on horticulture

West Sussex is perfectly located for horticulture, one of the region’s biggest industries, but its success relies on a functioning road network. The West Sussex Growers’ Association (WSGA) adds £1 billion to the local economy each year, and employs over 10,000 people.

But currently the A27 bottleneck at Arundel creates an obstacle sitting right on the doorstep of an industry that should be blooming.

Read our Spotlight on horticulture article below to find out more.

Spotlight on horticulture


Spotlight on Storrington

Frustrated drivers often resort to rat-running through surrounding villages and the South Downs National Park to avoid tailbacks. This impacts on local people and rural places that are not designed for the noise, pollution and congestion of through-traffic and long-distance transport.

The village of Storrington is particularly impacted by motorists choosing to use the rural through-route instead of risking long queues on the A27 - so much so that an air quality management area (AQMA) has been declared in the area.

Read our Spotlight on Storrington article below to find out more.

Spotlight on Storrington


Designated funds

We’re currently looking at a number of smaller projects which are designed to deliver a positive legacy in communities along the A27 corridor.

Known as Designated Funds projects, these mini-schemes will be carried out completely separately to the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme. This means that the success of our application to deliver this scheme will have no bearing on the delivery of these projects.

We’re at the very start of exploring these projects, working in partnership with local authorities and interest groups to see what is feasible in the area. We are aiming to identify any potential opportunities in the coming year. Once we have decided which improvements to take forward for further design, we will be able to share our ideas with you.

You can find out more about these projects, including how they're funded, approved and delivered by visiting our Designated Funds page.

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch with the A27 Arundel Bypass project team, please email: a27arundelbypass@highwaysengland.co.uk.

Why we need this scheme

As the main route serving the south coast, the A27 corridor is crucial to the region’s success. A population of 750,000 relies on the A27, and growth plans for the region mean this number is only set to increase. Watch our short animation to find out more:

The smooth running of this road plays a key part in the region’s success, which currently contributes over £207 billion a year to the UK economy according to TfSE’s (Transport for the South East’s) 2018 Economic Connectivity Review.

Currently the stretch of the road through Arundel is a single carriageway, which causes a daily build-up of traffic that costs commuters, businesses, communities and visitors valuable time and money. At peak times, it often operates at between 100% and 150% capacity, causing disruption, congestion and hazards on the road. This cuts off communities from neighbouring areas, making everyday trips longer and more difficult, and costing businesses millions of pounds a year.

We’ve been talking to community representatives about their views on the A27 at Arundel. Watch our short video about the challenges and opportunities for improvements, and what this will mean for local people and businesses in the area:

Aims

We have agreed bespoke scheme objectives with the Department for Transport for this scheme in order to fulfil Highways England’s overarching objective in the design and delivery of road improvements: Throughout the design and delivery stages, the scheme should ensure that customers and communities are fully considered.

These objectives are split into four broad benefits for the region:

  • Improving safety:
    • to improve the safety of travellers along the A27 and consequently the wider local road network
  • Increasing community connectivity and access:
    • to reduce congestion, reduce travel time and establish improved, and more reliable journey times along the A27
    • to provide better access to local services and facilities for all users
  • Supporting economic growth:
    • to improve the capacity of the A27 whilst supporting local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned economic growth
  • Protecting the natural environment:
    • to minimise environmental impact, and protect and enhance the quality of the surrounding environment through high quality design
    • to respect the South Downs National Park and its special qualities in the decision-making process

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A27 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A29 South and the A285 Halnaker. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A27 westbound exit slip to the A285 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A27 westbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 16 September 2019 to 21 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 23, 2019, 5:02 am
Location : The A27 westbound between the A29 South and the junction with the A285 Chichester. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 23 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 August 2019 to 31 August 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 September 2019 to 7 September 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 September 2019 to 14 September 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 10:33 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the A29 South and the junction with the A285 Chichester. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:03 on 22 August 2019 to 06:00 on 3 October 2019.
Posted: August 22, 2019, 7:03 pm

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