Bam Nuttall, Aecom and Mace win £320M Arundel bypass contract




Highways England has awarded a contract worth around £320M to Bam Nuttall, Aecom and Mace for work on the A27 Arundel bypass in West Sussex.


The companies will deliver the main works package for the project as part of the Linkconnex consortium.


Following preliminary design, Highways England will request a development consent order for permission to build and operate the scheme.


Construction is expected to begin in 2023/24 and is scheduled to be completed by 2030.

A Highways England Spokesperson said the proposals for the bypass "will bring benefits for drivers, local communities and the economy along the A27 corridor".


The spokesperson added: "Having an appointed contractor on board is a significant step in terms of progressing this much needed project and we are looking forward to working with BAM Nuttall, Aecom and Mace as part of Linkconnex collaborative partnership under our Regional Delivery Partnership (RDP) Framework.”


Situated between Portsmouth in the west and Brighton and Worthing to the east, Arundel is known as a regular traffic bottleneck, with 21,000 journeys made on the road network in the locality each day. The existing road network is estimated to be running at 150% of original capacity.


Highways England revealed its preferred route for the bypass in October last year.


The plans include a new 8km dual carriageway which will draw traffic away from Arundel and reduce rat-running on minor roads through the national park. Highways England has been hard on the plans, taking into account feedback received from the public and other stakeholders, over the last 12 months.

The new bypass will complete a missing link in the A27, the only major east to west route south of the M25, and avoids the South Downs national park completely.


Bam Nuttall operations manager for the Regional Delivery Partnership Doug Mills said: “Bam Nuttall is pleased to be appointed, as part of Linkconnex collaborative Partnership, with Aecom and Mace, to deliver Highways England proposals for the A27 Arundel bypass. We look forward to continuing delivering sustainable infrastructure, improving safety and reducing congestion and travel time, while protecting and respecting the surrounding environment.”


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