A27 Arundel bypass

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

Region:  South East
Start date:  2022
Cost:  £100 million to £250 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A27 schemes

Important consultation update

Our Further Public Consultation is open for you to give us your views. The consultation opened on 30 August 2019 and closes on 24 October 2019.

On 13 September 2019, we made a small number of corrections to the consultation brochure. These corrections relate to data entry issues when the consultation brochure was produced from the underlying project documents. The corrections do not affect or change the assessments undertaken and reported in the consultation documents, but simply relate to the drafting of the consultation brochure. Because Highways England is committed to full and open consultation, and because we want people responding to the consultation to have all the facts available, we thought it important to share these changes straight away. For details, see the 'Corrections' section below.

On 16 September 2019 we published errata for the Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) and interim Scheme Assessment Report (SAR). The corrections in the underlying technical documents do not affect or change the assessments undertaken and reported in the consultation documents.


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Corrections

An additional quality assurance check identified a small number of corrections required to the consultation brochure. The corrected brochure was published on our web site on 13 September 2019.

The corrections to the brochure are set out in the letter sent to residents on 13 September 2019.

Hard copies of the amended brochure will be available from one of our consultation events and at deposit points around the area from 13 September. You can find details of these deposit points on the consultation page, or on pages 4 and 5 of the consultation brochure.

We have also identified a small number of corrections in the technical documents underpinning the consultation brochure: The Environmental Assessment Report (EAR), the Scheme Assessment Report (SAR) and the Combined Modelling and Appraisal Report (ComMA). As with the consultation brochure, these corrections relate to data entry issues when the documents were drafted from the information on which the assessments were based. The corrections in the underlying technical documents do not affect or change the assessments undertaken and reported in the consultation documents. On 16 September 2019 we published errata for the Environmental Assessment Report (EAR) and interim Scheme Assessment Report (SAR). The corrections in the underlying technical documents do not affect or change the assessments undertaken and reported in the consultation documents. We published an updated ComMA on 6 September 2019. These will be available on this web site and at convenient local locations from 16 September 2019.

On 6 September 2019, we also corrected a hyperlink to the Environmental Assessment Report Appendix 8-7: Bat Structures Survey Report. Previously this was not displaying properly. Appendix 8-7 can now be accessed by clicking here.

Environmental Sensitivity Testing Technical Note

The Scheme Assessment Report references work undertaken to explore the environmental impacts of not including the A27 Worthing and Lancing improvement as a committed development in the analysis of the A27 Arundel Bypass. On the 13 September 2019, we published this work as set out in the Environmental Sensitivity Testing Technical Note.

If you have already responded

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that these updates may cause. If you have already responded to the consultation and would like to make any alterations to your submission as a result, then we will be happy to help you do so. Please either call 0300 123 5000 (local call rate) and ask for the Arundel Bypass project team, or email A27ArundelBypass@highwaysengland.co.uk. If you submitted your response online, we would need to have your unique response ID and the date you submitted it.

Further Public Consultation - How to have your say

We’re currently holding a public consultation on our proposals. The consultation is open for eight weeks, between 30 August 2019 and 24 October 2019, and there are lots of ways to have your say. So please share any views, ideas or local knowledge you may have during this period. Our priority is to ensure we fully consider our customers and communities in the design and delivery of all road improvement schemes.

On the consultation page you can view and download the A27 Arundel Bypass Further Public Consultation brochure (which has been updated with corrections), as well as complete our online response form.

All consultation materials can be found on the consultation page or in the 'Consultation 2019' folder in the Media and documents section below.


Please respond to the consultation using one of the following methods by 11:59pm on 24 October 2019. Responses received after this time may not be considered.

  • Online - complete the consultation response form online on our consultation page.
  • Freepost - complete the consultation response form and return it to Freepost A27 ARUNDEL .
  • In person - complete the consultation response form and hand it to a member of staff at a public exhibition. The public exhibition dates and details can be found in the consultation brochure.

Public exhibitions and deposit locations

We will be holding several public exhibitions during September and early October where you can come along and find out more information. We will also have some unstaffed exhibitions where you can view the consultation materials. You can find details for these events on the consultation page, or on pages 4 and 5 of the consultation brochure.

If you have any questions, or would like information in a different format, please contact us by:

Our Approach to public consultation document will provide 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.

If you would like to register for updates on this scheme you can subscribe here.

What's next?

Once the public consultation closes, we'll take your feedback – and all other relevant information – into account, before determining the preferred route.

Timeline

Date Event
2015 A27 Corridor Feasibility Study
July – October 2017 Options consultation
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 over 1 million people 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:

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 over 100% 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

Our scheme objectives have been developed while working with the local authorities, the South Downs National Park Authority, other environmental bodies, the emergency services and the Department for Transport (DfT). The scheme objectives are to:

  • improve the safety of travellers along the A27 and consequently the wider local road network
  • ensure that customers and communities are fully considered throughout the design and delivery stages
  • improve capacity of the A27 whilst supporting local planning authorities to manage the impact of planned economic growth
  • reduce congestion, reduce travel time and improve journey time reliability along the A27
  • 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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