Britain’s longest road tunnel could be built as a long-term solution to congestion along the A27.
The tunnel, which would cost around £2billion, has been touted as a way to handle traffic and improve the local quality of life.
A new report from Transport for the South East (TfSE) says investing in such programs is the only way to seriously address and improve carbon emissions from congested road traffic
If the plans go ahead, the tunnel could be ready for construction by 2050, with a range of other measures proposed to reduce short-term congestion.
The transport group’s report, presented to Worthing Borough Council members yesterday, also presented a draft strategic investment plan for south-east England that would cost £48bn by 2050.
The plans include huge rail service improvements, including faster journeys between Brighton and Southampton, more long-distance travel between Brighton, Portsmouth and Southampton and additional capacity between Worthing and Brighton, allowing for a total of 10,000 extra train journeys per day.
Proposals also included new bus services in Brighton and Hove, extending into West Sussex to save up to 65,000 car journeys per weekday, and promoting an active travel program on the Sussex coast with significant improvements to walking and cycling routes.
The West Worthing level crossing would be closed under the plans, but the report says such a move would need to be carefully planned to allow proper access routes.
Worthing Borough Council leader Beccy Cooper welcomed the proposals, saying: “We know that something very bold needs to be done to promote sustainable transport and reduce carbon emissions.
“We need a vision, a framework for how we want to help people drive less.
“Investing in sustainable travel networks, including public transport, walking and cycling, is essential to helping us all get out of our cars, especially on short journeys.
“Proposals like the tunnel and the removal of the level crossing require much more thought and consultation with our local communities and many of course come to nothing as considerable funding will be required, but broadly we welcome a direction that wants to work with Worthing to make it healthier and more accessible.”
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