Below is the text of a letter sent by Highways England on 14 March:
“Following our update in October 2018, I am writing to let you know that the further non-statutory consultation for the A27 Arundel Bypass scheme is now planned for late summer 2019.
We need to ensure we have consistent analysis across all the options put forward in the consultation, so that stakeholders can submit informed responses based on the latest information. We are investigating a number of options which haven’t previously been consulted on and are working hard to finalise analysis on these as quickly as possible.
Why we’re conducting further consultation
After our public consultation in autumn 2017 we announced a preferred route, known as Option 5a, last May. Since then, as part of our work to develop the scheme for submission of a planning application, we have discovered new information which merits putting the plans to the public again. At this consultation you will be able to review new information including a modified design for option 5a, alongside updated traffic modelling results and new information about alternative, enhanced options.
Your views on this new information are crucial to ensuring we find the best long-term solution for Arundel. This further consultation will give you another opportunity to both comment on the issues and options presented at the previous consultation and on the new information available.
Following the further consultation, we will consider the responses alongside all other relevant information to determine the next steps for the project.
We will be in touch nearer the time with more information about the further consultation. In the meantime, you can keep up-to-date with the project by visiting our website."
Nick Herbert Comment
Nick Herbert, MP for Arundel & South Downs, said this on Twitter in response to the HE letter: “Further non-statutory consultation for A27 Arundel bypass now late summer this year. Delay disappointing, caused partly by judicial reviews, plus ‘new information’. But funding still there, process continues. I’m confident this much needed, long overdue improvement will go ahead.”
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