In Autumn 2017, Highways England (HE) consulted on three options for road building along the A27 at Arundel - see www.highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a27-arundel-bypass
These included new stretches of dual carriageway and road widening schemes that destroy ancient woodlands and smother vulnerable and rare chalk stream habitat.
In May 2018, HE announced that after looking at the consultation responses, option 5A was their preferred route. You can read their preferred route announcement here (pdf).
The Trust is appalled to hear that such an environmentally damaging decision has been made, with apparently no regard for the Government's own transport hierarchy. This is a short-sighted decision that will result in the destruction of irreplaceable habitats and will fail to bring the stated benefits of reducing congestion.
What is being done?
Highways England state that there will be a further period of consultation next year when they will ask for people's views on the detailed design of the scheme, before they submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate for a Development Consent Order. Until this time, the Sussex Wildlife Trust will be working with partners to prepare our case for the forthcoming consultation in order to give a voice to the wildlife that will be irreversibly impacted.
What can you do?
- Join the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE) to show that there is a different way to improve access in Sussex
- Support the local communities fighting this damaging scheme
- Let the Councillors in West Sussex and the Members of the South Downs National Park Authority know what you think about the proposal
Watch our call to action from the autumn 2017 consultation