Action group formed to improve the A27

Action group formed to improve the A27

Action group formed to improve the A27

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AN ACTION group has been formed to capitalise on the “best opportunity in years” to improve the A27.

West Sussex County Council has joined with other local authorities, MPs and business leaders to press for a major overhaul of the road.

The A27 Action Campaign, launching next week, is aimed at reducing bottlenecks at Chichester, Arundel and Worthing. The campaign group states heavy congestion on the road “inhibits business investment and growth”.

But environmental campaigners have slammed the proposals, describing the approach as “completely wrong” and turning the clock back to “1960s development perspectives”.

The action group is calling for a number of improvements including two lanes across Sussex and a bypass at Arundel. The group wants improvements to the Worthing-Lancing corridor, including a new junction at Lancing and six improved junctions at Chichester.

Campaigners also want to see improvements to the trunk road junctions at Brighton, Fontwell and the A27/A26 access to Newhaven.

The A27 is one of six problem hotspots nationwide identified by the Government.

A total of £24 billion has been promised for the strategic roads network up to 2021.

Feasibility studies into traffic solutions were completed in February and an announcement on which road improvement projects will get the green light is expected in the Autumn Statement at the end of the year.

Chris Todd, of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth, said the plans would waste public money and damage the South Downs National Park.

He added: “The proposals are going in completely the wrong direction. We need to be reducing carbon emissions.

“The coastal plain from Hove to Portsmouth is flat and it would be easily possible to encourage cycling levels seen in the Netherlands and Denmark, but the local authority has done little for cyclists while the rail and bus networks suffer from underinvestment.”

A West Sussex County Council spokeswoman said “the best technical data and evidence possible” will be used to back up the campaign.

She added: “Calls for improving the A27 are not new but, for a variety of reasons, these have gone unheeded. “This is the best opportunity for many years to secure the level of investment required to finally give us an A27 that is fit for purpose and which can support the thriving economy the country needs.”

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11:03am Fri 20 Jun 14

theargusissoinformative says...

I agree that the A27 badly needs improvements. However, the quality of the driving on the existing road is appalling, (needless speeding and tailgating) which adds needless stress because of others' adrenaline needs. Some cost/benefit analysis of effective enforcement to be designed in with the road is essential, instead of just saying 'leave it to the Police', when roads policing is the least of their priorities.
I agree that the A27 badly needs improvements. However, the quality of the driving on the existing road is appalling, (needless speeding and tailgating) which adds needless stress because of others' adrenaline needs. Some cost/benefit analysis of effective enforcement to be designed in with the road is essential, instead of just saying 'leave it to the Police', when roads policing is the least of their priorities. theargusissoinformative
  • Score: 1

11:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

G Wiley says...

Good to see that 'Friends of the Earth' are, as expected, totally against any further developments in roads but are in favour of encouraging more congestion and pollution. Perhaps if the roads are improved then more, environmentally aware residents will take advantage of bus journeys - especially if the continue to be free for the elderly.

And where is a suitably negative comment from the green party spokespersons> You remember, the party that was routed on 20th June 2014 and went into terminal decline after screwing up Brighton and Hove with their eco-activist amateurish idealist policies about how to deal with transportation.

For me this is great news and I hope something finally gets done. I'm fed up of having to drive much further and generate higher emissions by taking cross-country detours to avoid the Worthing, Arundel and Chichester congestion,
Good to see that 'Friends of the Earth' are, as expected, totally against any further developments in roads but are in favour of encouraging more congestion and pollution. Perhaps if the roads are improved then more, environmentally aware residents will take advantage of bus journeys - especially if the continue to be free for the elderly. And where is a suitably negative comment from the green party spokespersons> You remember, the party that was routed on 20th June 2014 and went into terminal decline after screwing up Brighton and Hove with their eco-activist amateurish idealist policies about how to deal with transportation. For me this is great news and I hope something finally gets done. I'm fed up of having to drive much further and generate higher emissions by taking cross-country detours to avoid the Worthing, Arundel and Chichester congestion, G Wiley
  • Score: 25

11:58am Fri 20 Jun 14

9 of us says...

The A27 from Shoreham to Arundel really needs improving. It leads to bottlenecks in areas we all know, which in turn leads to poor driving as a result of this frustration.
To suggest encoraging cycling as a means of travel is not practical for too many drivers for varying reasons.
Damage to the SDNP is inevitable, however, the park is vast and will still prove an attraction to visitors.
We can reduce carbon emissions, cars are technologically improving their outputs and car sharing will also help. The A259 will see reduced traffic and benefit those living by it.
There are many other reasons why there should be A27 improvements and these do out weigh the reasons against.
This subject will long continue to be debated, so good luck to the Action Group.
The A27 from Shoreham to Arundel really needs improving. It leads to bottlenecks in areas we all know, which in turn leads to poor driving as a result of this frustration. To suggest encoraging cycling as a means of travel is not practical for too many drivers for varying reasons. Damage to the SDNP is inevitable, however, the park is vast and will still prove an attraction to visitors. We can reduce carbon emissions, cars are technologically improving their outputs and car sharing will also help. The A259 will see reduced traffic and benefit those living by it. There are many other reasons why there should be A27 improvements and these do out weigh the reasons against. This subject will long continue to be debated, so good luck to the Action Group. 9 of us
  • Score: 23

12:46pm Fri 20 Jun 14

graham w says...

This has to be one of the most needed roads in the country.. traffic jams , bottle necks, we have been suffering to long, good luck action group.. enviromentalist dont have a clue, we do more polluting while in jams...we need a proper road from polegate in the east to chichester in the west...."COME ON ITS ABOUT TIME."....
This has to be one of the most needed roads in the country.. traffic jams , bottle necks, we have been suffering to long, good luck action group.. enviromentalist dont have a clue, we do more polluting while in jams...we need a proper road from polegate in the east to chichester in the west...."COME ON ITS ABOUT TIME.".... graham w
  • Score: 21

12:53pm Fri 20 Jun 14

notaconspiracy says...

This is the only major road along the South Coast, used by thousands of commuters every day. I regularly travel between Portsmouth and Hove for work and see the same queues at the same places every time.

Bypasses are needed at Arundel and Worthing and possibly a wider road around Chichester.

Many of us use 'rat-runs' through country villages to avoid the worst of the queues, with the result that these smaller routes are often congested, too.

Cycling is not an option for most of us, because the distances are too great; trains are far too expensive nowadays to be an alternative and all of the buses are stuck in the queues mentioned above!
This is the only major road along the South Coast, used by thousands of commuters every day. I regularly travel between Portsmouth and Hove for work and see the same queues at the same places every time. Bypasses are needed at Arundel and Worthing and possibly a wider road around Chichester. Many of us use 'rat-runs' through country villages to avoid the worst of the queues, with the result that these smaller routes are often congested, too. Cycling is not an option for most of us, because the distances are too great; trains are far too expensive nowadays to be an alternative and all of the buses are stuck in the queues mentioned above! notaconspiracy
  • Score: 18

5:12pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Nosfaratu says...

I grew up in Eastbourne and have used the A27 throughout its length regularly for 45 + years. Over this time, apart for the Brighton By-Pass, the Firle improvements and some speed limits absolutely nothing has been done to the road East of Southampton.
This must be some kind of record for deliberate avoidance of improvements.
I can recall when businesses left the South East Coast for better connected areas (Birds Eye-Eastbourne 1980's for example and still do today.

What the Action group are asking for is much needed in their area but lets be very clear, what is really needed is a extension to the M27 all the way to Dover. This would not only bring in business from the UK but Europe as well and open up the entire underdeveloped, underinvested South East Coast.
I know there would be massive opposition and Environmentalists would be found in trees and Newts in every pond or stream, but if this Country is to succeed then infrastructure investment is needed and ignore the Green Loonies and Friends of the Earth Ludites. ps; ask the Chinese for money.
I grew up in Eastbourne and have used the A27 throughout its length regularly for 45 + years. Over this time, apart for the Brighton By-Pass, the Firle improvements and some speed limits absolutely nothing has been done to the road East of Southampton. This must be some kind of record for deliberate avoidance of improvements. I can recall when businesses left the South East Coast for better connected areas (Birds Eye-Eastbourne 1980's for example and still do today. What the Action group are asking for is much needed in their area but lets be very clear, what is really needed is a extension to the M27 all the way to Dover. This would not only bring in business from the UK but Europe as well and open up the entire underdeveloped, underinvested South East Coast. I know there would be massive opposition and Environmentalists would be found in trees and Newts in every pond or stream, but if this Country is to succeed then infrastructure investment is needed and ignore the Green Loonies and Friends of the Earth Ludites. ps; ask the Chinese for money. Nosfaratu
  • Score: 18

5:28pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Peter Worthing says...

It must be time I resigned from Friends of the Earth. Why should most of us have to suffer pollution because of their single issue focus? We all need to move between jobs, schools, hospitals etc: we don't just do it for fun and it is crazy to think the economy can be run on bikes. A sense of balance and some real world focus is needed from FoE. Good luck to the Action Group. Most of Sussex will be behind you.
It must be time I resigned from Friends of the Earth. Why should most of us have to suffer pollution because of their single issue focus? We all need to move between jobs, schools, hospitals etc: we don't just do it for fun and it is crazy to think the economy can be run on bikes. A sense of balance and some real world focus is needed from FoE. Good luck to the Action Group. Most of Sussex will be behind you. Peter Worthing
  • Score: 11

7:11am Wed 25 Jun 14

gavinayling says...

The Friends of the Earth comment is naïve about cycling because that's only viable in cities, not between them. But train travel along the south coast is shocking. How about building an M27 from Southampton to Dover and HS3 alongside, at the same time, connected to the Channel Tunnel? Joined up and supportive infrastructure that will allow business along the south coast and only require one lot of building work.
The Friends of the Earth comment is naïve about cycling because that's only viable in cities, not between them. But train travel along the south coast is shocking. How about building an M27 from Southampton to Dover and HS3 alongside, at the same time, connected to the Channel Tunnel? Joined up and supportive infrastructure that will allow business along the south coast and only require one lot of building work. gavinayling
  • Score: 9

7:22am Wed 25 Jun 14

gavinayling says...

On a separate thought, I know West Sussex County Council attribute Crawley's economy to the airport, but I rather suspect it is the M23 that should get some credit.
On a separate thought, I know West Sussex County Council attribute Crawley's economy to the airport, but I rather suspect it is the M23 that should get some credit. gavinayling
  • Score: 4

9:00am Thu 26 Jun 14

Made In Sussex says...

Excellent news!! I hope this is just what's needed to make those in power finally sit up and pay attention.

Seems to me the friends of the earth are the ones turning the clock back to the 60's. I wonder how many of these campaigners actually have to make the daily journey to work along this road, understand why its impractical to cycle it or that people wont take a train by choice, because it takes twice as long and is twice the cost. I bet they use goods and services which this road brings to them! so much hypocrisy!!

The current road system aggravates the problems with pollution and they seem to forget that vehicle technology is advancing more than it ever has. In 20 years time cars will be cleaner, safer and quieter and we will have a road system able to cope with the volumes of traffic
Excellent news!! I hope this is just what's needed to make those in power finally sit up and pay attention. Seems to me the friends of the earth are the ones turning the clock back to the 60's. I wonder how many of these campaigners actually have to make the daily journey to work along this road, understand why its impractical to cycle it or that people wont take a train by choice, because it takes twice as long and is twice the cost. I bet they use goods and services which this road brings to them! so much hypocrisy!! The current road system aggravates the problems with pollution and they seem to forget that vehicle technology is advancing more than it ever has. In 20 years time cars will be cleaner, safer and quieter and we will have a road system able to cope with the volumes of traffic Made In Sussex
  • Score: 7

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