Route for new Arundel bypass announced

Plans for a new bypass for Arundel on the A27 in West Sussex have been announced by Highways England.

The new preferred route – the grey option 5BV1, put forward at last year’s further consultation – strikes the right balance between creating vital new road capacity and protecting the special environment and cultural heritage in and around Arundel.

The A27 at Arundel is a regular traffic bottleneck, with 21,000 journeys made each day. The plans unveiled today will not only ease congestion on this busy stretch, which will get worse if nothing is done, but will also make the road safer and reduce the number of collisions.

The plans include a new five-mile dual carriageway which will draw traffic away from Arundel and reduce rat-running on minor roads through the national park. Highways England have been working hard on the plans, taking into account feedback received from the public and other stakeholders, over the last 12 months. The new bypass will complete a missing link in the A27, the only major east to west route south of the M25, and avoids the South Downs national park completely.

Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “The A27 is the only strategic east west route south of the M25. This new road removes the traffic from the centre of Arundel and provides faster more reliable journey times for users of this important road.

“We will continue to work with communities and local groups to further develop the project’s design, so we can deliver a scheme that has as little impact as possible on the special environment and local people in and around Arundel.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “As a Government, we’re committed to improve transport infrastructure across the country. Today’s announcement is an important one, with another step being taken to delivering benefits in the region through what is now a long-overdue scheme.”

Six options were put to the public for views between August and October last year, and today’s announcement considers feedback made during the further consultation and further review periods.

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