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

Following our preferred route announcement in May 2018, we began carrying out our studies and surveys of the preferred route and surrounding area to progress preliminary design for the A27 Arundel Bypass.

In doing so, we have discovered new and important information that could affect our decision around the most appropriate option for the improvement scheme.

Our priority is to ensure we fully consider our customers and communities in the design and delivery of all road improvement schemes, so we will be holding a further public consultation to ensure the option we choose is the best solution for the area – this is planned for late summer 2019.

What's next?

We are currently carrying out further studies to develop a more detailed understanding of the new information and what it might mean for all road improvement options. We need to ensure we have consistent analysis across all the options put forward in the consultation, to ensure that local communities and stakeholders can submit informed responses based on the latest available information.

During the further consultation, you will have a chance to review all of this information and have your say on the proposed improvement options for the A27 around Arundel. You will 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 will take your feedback – and all other relevant information – into account, before determining the next steps for the project.

If you have registered to receive updates you will be notified of consultation dates closer to the time. 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
Late summer 2019 Further options consultation
2020 New preferred route announcement
2020 Statutory consultation on the preferred route
2021 Submit application for a Development Consent Order under the Planning Act 2008
2022 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 March 2019 and discussed:

  • the timing for further consultation and start of construction
  • the urgent need for the scheme improvement
  • progress with the route corridor assessments that will inform which options are taken forward to consultation
  • the relationship between the proposed bypass and other planned schemes, including the Lyminster Bypass

The next meeting will be held in June. 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.


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.

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.

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. With traffic volumes set to increase by around 30% by 2040, this situation will become worse for local communities unless significant improvements are made.

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

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

Location : The A27 westbound between the A24 North and the junction with the A280 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A280 and the A284 Arundel East. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the A24 North and the junction with the A284 Arundel East. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:03 on 27 April 2019 to 06:00 on 8 July 2019.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A27 westbound between the junctions with the A280 and the A284 Arundel East. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A27 eastbound exit slip to the A285 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 May 2019 to 06:00 on 23 May 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm
Location : The A27 eastbound between the A284 Arundel East and the junction with the A24 North. Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 8 July 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:58 pm

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