Arundel & South Downs MP Nick Herbert has reiterated his strong support for an Arundel bypass and urged local people to take part in the public consultation on route options published by Highways England today.
Highways England has presented three options for consideration after reviewing several possible routes. The Government has committed between £100 million and £250 million to deliver the much-needed dualling of this section of the A27.
A number of public information displays will take place throughout the consultation period, and feedback is essential for Highways England.
The preferred route will be announced next Spring, to be followed by a final public consultation. Construction is due to begin by the end of March 2020.
Mr Herbert said: "It is great news to see this public consultation which brings the much-needed Arundel bypass a step closer to reality.
"I strongly support a dual-carriageway bypass which is desperately needed to relieve congestion, reduce journey times and support the local economy. There would also be a net environmental gain, with less traffic rat-running through the historic town of Arundel and the South Downs National Park and its villages.
"I continue to favour the original ‘pink-blue’ route, now renamed Option 3, which was agreed by the whole community decades ago. The impact on woodland, which is replanted conifers, could be mitigated by creating a much greater area of new woodland. I am concerned about Option 1 which would divide Arundel and be less effective in reducing congestion as there would still be traffic lights and roundabouts.
"I believe that the overwhelming majority of local people want a proper bypass, and I urge everyone to have their say in the public consultation. This substantial investment of between £100 and £250 million was hard won, and we must not make the same mistake as at Chichester by losing it."