A27 Arundel Bypass Advice after changes planned

CHANGES are being made to plans for a £320million divisive road project along the A27.

The Arundel Bypass System has been the subject of several consultations and more events are now planned due to design changes.

National Highways intends to file a “development permit order” — the equivalent of a planning application for major infrastructure projects — by spring 2023.

However, a possible start of construction has been pushed back to summer 2024 to accommodate the proposed design changes.

Full details of the changes are expected to be released soon, with National Highways claiming they will further reduce traffic through Walberton.

A “supplementary consultation” is scheduled to take place between November 16 and December 16, dates and locations to be confirmed.

National Highways said it received 3,500 responses to its spring 2022 consultation — a regional record.

According to the state-owned company, the proposed bypass will improve the “heavily congested” A27 as it passes through Arundel.

The road is currently “significantly congested”.

National Highways announced the Gray Route as the preferred option in 2020, despite receiving just seven percent of public support.

The Gray would run from the existing Crossbush Junction to the east across the railway line before crossing the River Arun and its floodplain on a viaduct.

Arundel Bypass Proposed \Grey Route\

Arundel Bypass Proposed ‘Grey Route’

It would then pass south of Binsted Wood through the Avisford Golf Course before crossing Tye Lane to rejoin the existing A27 around Copse Lane, Walberton.

A number of local groups oppose the current bypass, which they say could result in villages being turned into ‘rat tracks’; could cause security problems; and passes too close to the South Downs.

Activists have also proposed an alternative route known as the “Arundel Alternative.”

Earlier this year, the Arun District Council reluctantly and conditionally supported the Gray Route, despite previously supporting the Magenta Route.

Although ADC is the local planning authority, the project is considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and therefore the final decision rests with the Secretary of State.

For more details, visit the National Highways website at this link:

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