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United Kingdom : Updated plans for A27 Arundel bypass go on show.

Six options for upgrading one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in south-east England have been unveiled by Highways England.

The plans will help improve journeys for tens of thousands of drivers using the A27 around Arundel, the only section of single carriageway between Worthing and the New Forest. Each option aims to protect Arundels historic town centre and draw long distance traffic away from other, less suitable roads through the South Downs National Park.

Each of the six route includes creating a new dual carriageway to join up the two existing sections of dual-carriageway either side of Arundel, and will help to reduce journey times, improve reliability and make the road safer. Each option has been developed in detail and a public consultation on the proposals starts and runs for eight weeks until 24 October.

Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass programme leader Jason Hones said:

These plans will tackle one of the biggest traffic bottlenecks in the south-east, and will improve journeys for thousands of drivers of the A27, not only in and around Arundel but along the whole south coast. I encourage anyone with an interest in the A27 and Arundel to get involved in this consultation whether theyre commuters, residents or visitors the area for leisure; their input will be vital in finding the right balance going forward.

Arundel has a unique cultural heritage and is surrounded by precious special environments, which are rightly protected. We have assessed all the viable options in greater detail than before so that people can see and understand all the factors and help us decide which one strikes the right balance.

We very much would like to hear peoples ideas and feedback on the proposals in this consultation; all the information is available online and my team and I will be out at public events over the coming weeks ready to answer peoples questions.

The plans for upgrading the A27 at Arundel include six new options, and feature a mix of improvements along the existing road, and other new sections south of the town. This announcement follows Highways Englands commitment last year to consult the public again after extensive development and enhancements to the scheme following the original preferred route announcement last May.

This consultation includes updates and variants to all three routes which were consulted on during the original consultation in 2017. All six routes have been evaluated to the same high standard of evidence, allowing people to make a comparison between them.

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Date:Sep 3, 2019
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