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A27 proposals will not provide long-term solutions, as consultation closes

12 September 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has submitted its response to the Highways England consultation on the proposed A27 Worthing-Lancing improvement scheme.

In its response the transport charity recognises the fact that Highways England is only proposing modest road improvements and not more damaging schemes for the Worthing-Lancing area, but remains convinced that the money would be better spent on non-road measures instead.  It is concerned about the impact on the South Downs National Park and the failure to properly consider bus services, pedestrians and cyclists in the proposals.

Chris Todd, local groups campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “Whilst we welcome the fact that Highways England is not proposing large scale road building at Worthing and Lancing, we are concerned at the size of some of the junctions and the impact on the South Downs National Park.

“We would much prefer the funding to be allocated to sustainable transport measures to reduce traffic and to give people a real choice of how to get around. We believe that a holistic approach is required to address transport needs in the area, with improved local links for pedestrians and cyclists and better bus routes. Simply focussing on road building will not provide the solutions required in the long-term or provide value for money.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Alice Ridley on 020 7566 6495 / 07984 773 468 or alice.ridley@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. The consultation opened on 9 July and is available here until 12 September 2017.
  2. Campaign for Better Transport’s full response is available here.
  3. 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).