Campaign for Better Transport has called on Highways England to rethink its consultation on plans for the A27 around Arundel which starts today.
It is concerned that Highways England has only put forward highly damaging dual carriageway options. These would rip up ancient woodland and scar the National Park, with the tranquillity of the Arun Valley lost forever. Local people have identified a solution that bypasses the bottlenecks without the severance or damage that a high speed dual carriageway would cause. They want the consultation rerun, as is happening on the A358 in Somerset, to include a low impact solution.
Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport said: “Highways England has ignored the many pleas from local people for a low impact solution to congestion at Arundel. We don’t need or want a highly damaging dual carriageway which will draw more traffic into the South Downs National Park, whichever route is chosen. The consultation should be run with a full range of options, not the tired old suggestions from yesteryear.
“Apart from shattering the peace and quiet of the Arun Valley, these proposals would harm the setting of Arundel and the National Park and generate more traffic and pollution. In contrast, greater investment in a smaller scale road improvement and public transport, walking and cycling could reap dividends.”
Contact: Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport – 07889 302229 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
- The consultation on Highways England’s options for the A27 around Arundel starts today (22 August) and runs until 16th October, 2017
- An alternative solution the ‘new’ single purple route has been suggested by local people to address the bottlenecks along the current route without the damage of a new dual carriageway.
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).