Arun District Council Conservatives are delighted to hear the announcement from Highways England that Route 5a has been proposed for the A27 Arundel Bypass. This was the route that the council supported. We know that considerable research and analysis has been carried out by Highways England as part of their consultation and we are confident that they have made the right decision.
Studies on proposals to improve traffic flow on the A27 in the Arundel area were first carried out in 1985 and these and others since then have not been taken forward for financial and environmental reasons.
We welcome the decision and look forward to the actual start of the project.
The Council worked with Highways England to support their consultation by arranging for additional unmanned exhibitions and actively encouraging businesses to respond to the consultation and to help them understand the implications of the different options being proposed when they made their responses to Highways England.
Arun District Council believes that this route will benefit the whole District by improving traffic-flow and supporting the livelihood and success of businesses across the District and in particular the Arundel area.
As a key partner we will continue to work closely with other agencies and partners involved in the project to ensure that Arun residents and business remain a priority.
MP criticises SDNPA over Arundel bypass Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has issued the following statement in response to the decision taken by the South Downs National Park Authority to commence proceedings for a judicial review of the Arundel bypass preferred route: “I am appalled by the South Downs National Park Authority’s decision to seek a judicial review of Highways England’s selection of a preferred route for the Arundel bypass. “I believe that most local people who desperately want a bypass will be infuriated that an unelected quango is using taxpayers’ money to try and frustrate a careful planning process that has already taken years and a route option which is supported by all of the major elected councils. “Despite repeated pleas to be balanced in its consideration, the Park Authority continues to ignore the obvious environmental benefit of a bypass that will take traffic away from the National Park and Downland villages. The existing route of the A27 goes through the National Park at Arundel, while the bypass will go through a shorter section at the very bottom. “The Authority does not have a veto over the bypass, and there is no good reason to attempt to pre-empt a statutory public consultation and scrutiny by the independent Planning Inspectorate. “I will be raising this use of public funds, and the role of the Authority, with Ministers and in the House of Commons.”