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Modest proposals welcomed as A27 East of Lewes preferred options announced

26 September 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has welcomed the announcement of Highways England's preferred options for the A27 East of Lewes which were consulted upon earlier in the year.

The transport charity was concerned about the impact of some proposals, such as a Selmeston bypass, on the South Downs National Park but these appear to have been dropped. It still has concerns about the detailed design but hopes this will be improved before construction.

Chris Todd, local groups campaigner at Campaign for Better Transport, said: “This is a welcome announcement from Highways England which has dropped schemes that would badly impact on the South Downs National Park. This is in stark contrast to Arundel, where the only options put forward would all cause massive damage.

“We welcome the investment in local transport for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users, but more needs to be done. Any facilities must be to the highest standards and the number of crossings that pedestrians and cyclists need to make must be reduced. In the consultation, some people questioned the value for money of walking and cycling facilities, but these were assessed under standards that are now out of date. Removing cyclists from the A27 will help with traffic flow and congestion, as well as improving safety, and these facilities are long overdue.”

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

Notes to Editors

  1. Read the preferred options in full here.
  2. 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).