More A27 roadworks misery as Arundel bottleneck work gets go-ahead

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Extra work is to be carried out on the A27 to try to tackle a notorious bottleneck.

The Highways Agency today announced £217 million is being spent tackling blackspots along motorways and A-roads.

In Sussex the mouth of the Ford roundabout at Arundel will be widened to allow two lanes of traffic to flow through westbound to cut congestion.

The work is due to begin next year and is likely to cause delays at the busy junction although officials are still drawing up plans for how the work would be done.

Drivers are already facing months of delays on the A27 in roadworks between Lancing and Shoreham.

Commuters reported delays of up to an hour as they tried to negotiate the lane closures last week.

Argus readers took to The Argus website to voice their annoyance at the nightmare delays.

Graham W wrote: “I would suggest anybody travelling east to Portslade, Hove, Brighton, from the west ie Lancing, Worthing, Littlehampton, use the train, because my daughter took half an hour to travel from Hillbarn traffic lights in Lancing to Manor Road, North Lancing, at lunchtime today, which is 500 yards in old money.”

Others used social networking site Twitter to express their frustration. Fortis Law tweeted: “#A27 delays are a nightmare. Getting to Worthing was already difficult enough. We still would hate to see a bypass through the Downs.”

And Simon Garrod tweeted: “Great planning having roadworks on both the A259 and A27 through Lancing. Should really help the commute to work for so many #WellDoneAdur.”

The Highways Agency revealed this week’s lane closures will be the same as last week’s.

It means on the eastbound A27 there will be a lane closure between Manor Road roundabout and 200m past Coombes Road from 9.30am to 4pm each day and on the westbound A27 there will be a lane closure from Old Shoreham Road to Manor Road roundabout from 9am to 3.30pm each day.

Overnight, lane closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am each night in the same locations.

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1:37pm Mon 8 Oct 12

GRUMPAH says...

So, £10 of the £217 Million is being spent at the Ford Road Roundabout then.
What about building a decent road from Lancing to say the Fontwell Roundabout?
£217 Million should just about do it!
So, £10 of the £217 Million is being spent at the Ford Road Roundabout then. What about building a decent road from Lancing to say the Fontwell Roundabout? £217 Million should just about do it! GRUMPAH
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3:52pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Nosfaratu says...

Can anyone tell me when the Duel -carriageway between Worthing and Bognor was built, you see, they missed out a bit, the bit they call Arundel.

Instead of wasting money on bigger roundabouts at the Ford junction why can't they extend the duel-carriageway around Arundel like they were supposed to in the first place.

Every day millions of pounds are being wasted by commuters in queues. Arun, get a grip.
Can anyone tell me when the Duel -carriageway between Worthing and Bognor was built, you see, they missed out a bit, the bit they call Arundel. Instead of wasting money on bigger roundabouts at the Ford junction why can't they extend the duel-carriageway around Arundel like they were supposed to in the first place. Every day millions of pounds are being wasted by commuters in queues. Arun, get a grip. Nosfaratu
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7:28am Tue 9 Oct 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Even when it's done it's just tinkering. The A27 needs to be a full dual-carriageway across the width of Sussex. At Worthing it's town roads, at Arundel (and east of Lewes) it's country lanes and at Chichester it's a roundabout-infested ringroad. Some of the route has barely changed since they abolished the Red Flag Act.

Won't happen of course. It's far more profitable for the government to keep everybody burning petrol in slow-moving traffic jams
Even when it's done it's just tinkering. The A27 needs to be a full dual-carriageway across the width of Sussex. At Worthing it's town roads, at Arundel (and east of Lewes) it's country lanes and at Chichester it's a roundabout-infested ringroad. Some of the route has barely changed since they abolished the Red Flag Act. Won't happen of course. It's far more profitable for the government to keep everybody burning petrol in slow-moving traffic jams Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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9:32am Tue 9 Oct 12

F in L says...

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit wrote:
Even when it's done it's just tinkering. The A27 needs to be a full dual-carriageway across the width of Sussex. At Worthing it's town roads, at Arundel (and east of Lewes) it's country lanes and at Chichester it's a roundabout-infested ringroad. Some of the route has barely changed since they abolished the Red Flag Act.

Won't happen of course. It's far more profitable for the government to keep everybody burning petrol in slow-moving traffic jams
I couldn't agree with you more. Decades of refusing to implement their part of the Folkestone to Honiton route whilst Hants and Dorset did their part have left Sussex dying on the Vine. The infrastructure is appalling and billions is lost each year through poor transportation while money is spent on tinkering. We need the Worthing through pass and the Arundel road to nowhere needs completing.
[quote][p][bold]Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit[/bold] wrote: Even when it's done it's just tinkering. The A27 needs to be a full dual-carriageway across the width of Sussex. At Worthing it's town roads, at Arundel (and east of Lewes) it's country lanes and at Chichester it's a roundabout-infested ringroad. Some of the route has barely changed since they abolished the Red Flag Act. Won't happen of course. It's far more profitable for the government to keep everybody burning petrol in slow-moving traffic jams[/p][/quote]I couldn't agree with you more. Decades of refusing to implement their part of the Folkestone to Honiton route whilst Hants and Dorset did their part have left Sussex dying on the Vine. The infrastructure is appalling and billions is lost each year through poor transportation while money is spent on tinkering. We need the Worthing through pass and the Arundel road to nowhere needs completing. F in L
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