Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What does an Off-line Bypass mean?
An off-line bypass is a bypass that would not use the existing route of the relief road - ie the single lane route that is currently the A27 between both ends of the existing dual carriageway to the east and west of the town.
Q. What is the process and timetable for any decisions?
Highways England is currently assessing the possible options for the alleviation of the congestion on the A27 at Arundel. There will be a public consultation exercise in late Summer 2019. This will then be followed by a public inquiry.
Q. We’ve heard all of this before over the last 30 years - what makes it any different this time?
After the completion of a formal feasibility study, the Government has allocated a budget of up to £250m for the building of a bypass on the A27 at Arundel, and planning is already at an advanced stage.
Q. Why can't the existing route be improved for less cost?
Highways England's prime remit is to provide a new section of dual carriageway linking the two existing dual carriageways on the A27 to the east and west of Arundel. The existing route has a number of major choke points and it is difficult to see how a dual carriageway could negotiate these without considerable expense. Furthermore, this would exacerbate the existing pollution problems caused by traffic next to the town - both fumes and noise - and further divide Arundel into two communities. Highways England is nevertheless, as part of its remit, looking at the advantages and disadvantages of online improvements, though we expect that these will not prove to be viable options.
Q. Isn’t this just going to attract more traffic?
Whilst there may be a small amount of additional induced traffic, a free flowing bypass on the A27 trunk road at Arundel will attract traffic away from the rat runs that are currently used to avoid the congestion here. One of the great advantages of the improvement to the Strategic Road Network at Arundel is that it will reduce the number of vehicles using unsuitable minor roads especially in and around the town and into the South Downs National Park.
Q. Why not invest in public transport instead?
The local and national traffic problems in and around Arundel are far too great to be eliminated by improvements to public transport. However, Highways England, as part of any proposals, is committed to maximizing opportunities for improvements to public transport, as well as increased travel on foot or bicycles.
Q. Won’t it leave Arundel ‘out on a limb’?
Arundel has become increasingly dependent on tourism. We already know that many people avoid Arundel because of the traffic problems and that this is having a detrimental effect on the trade in the town. Less trade will result in less shops and fewer jobs. Removing the traffic problems will boost trade and make Arundel a far more attractive proposition for a visit.
Q. But surely it will destroy Binsted and the surrounding countryside?
The old Pink/Blue route was especially designed to have the least possible negative environmental impact, and it specifically avoids both the village of Binsted and Binsted Wood.
Q. Is it worth doing it if the Chichester and Worthing improvements don’t happen?
The reality is that everything was never going to happen at one time. The strong likelihood is that improvements will be made at both Chichester and Worthing in due course and the building of the Arundel bypass will therefore increase pressure for the remainder of the route to be improved in a faster time frame. The delivery of an Arundel Bypass could well be the catalyst for work on other traffic black spots on the A27.
Q. Where will it cross Ford Road?
If the Pink/Blue route becomes the selected Option, the crossing point will be, as shown on the map on the OneArundel website, just to the south of Tortington Priory.
Q. Would the routes damage Ancient Woodland?
There are two types of ancient woodland. One is genuinely ancient, and the other is re-planted. The Option 3 route would avoid Binsted Wood which is ancient. It would however go through Tortington Common which is replanted ancient woodland, mainly with conifers.
Q. Would the Routes go through the South Downs National Park?
Yes, for a short distance, and Highways England is well aware of the need both to look for possible alternative routes and to ensure that any eventual route through the SDNP is very sensitively designed. Please note however that the A27 already goes through the SDNP to the west of Arundel.
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