The OneArundel A27 Bypass Support Group is recommending the Magenta Option as the least worst of the six Options offered by Highways England in their latest Arundel Bypass public consultation exercise and, as a result seeks your active support for this decision.
There are two major questions associated with this consultation exercise:
First, is there a need for an A27 bypass at Arundel?
Second, which of the six Options would be the best (or the least worst)?
We hope that it is easy for everyone to be able to say “yes” to the first question.
On the other hand, with six Options to consider, there may be some difficulty in forming an objective opinion as to which Option would be best.
This short summary therefore sets out our reasons for the decision to go for the Magenta Option::
Cyan – not a Bypass, and it would have a major adverse impact on Arundel with a 65% increase in traffic through the town (47,000 vpd) – oppose.
Beige – not a Bypass, and it would have a major adverse impact on Arundel with a 65% increase in traffic through the town (47,000 vpd) – oppose.
Crimson – similar to the old pink/blue route, and it would have a major adverse environmental impact on the SDNP, ancient woodland and protected species– oppose.
Amber – similar to the old 5A route, and it would have a major adverse environmental impact on the SDNP, ancient woodland and protected species – oppose.
Grey – this would be a new route outside the SDNP, but it would have a major adverse impact on Walberton and would be the most expensive – oppose.
Magenta – this would be a new route, but it would have only a minor impact on the SDNP and ancient woodland – support.
In essence, we are totally against the two (awful) on-line non-bypass short Options, we believe that the medium length Crimson Option will never fly on environmental grounds, and we believe that of the three long Options, Grey is too expensive and it would grossly damage Walberton.
Thus there was a choice between the Amber and Magenta Options.
However, the former (Amber) Option is very closely aligned to the old 5A Option which was rubbished by one of the earlier Judicial Review proposals and, because of this, we see no prospect of that being supportable this time round, primarily on environmental grounds.
This left us with just the Magenta Option which, though it still impinges on a small amount of ancient woodland and a small area of the SDNP, offers the least disadvantages.
It would therefore be immensely helpful if you would please consider taking this proposal forward and also recommending to all your many friends and contacts that they too should support the Magenta Option, as well as advising Highways England accordingly.
Finally, we would very much appreciate your enthusiastic support which – we believe – would be in all our very best interests. In the meantime, please keep watching the OA website for more details of the reasons for our decision, as well as for guidance about how to respond to the Highways England questionnaire.