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Campaigners welcome cancellation of expensive A27 upgrade at Chichester

1 March 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to today’s news that Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP, has cancelled the A27 Chichester road scheme.

The cancellation of the A27 proposals at Chichester provides the Government with an opportunity to bring forward cleaner, safer and better alternatives.  Upgrading the coastal railway, improving bus services and boosting walking and cycling would be far less controversial and would bring real, lasting benefits.  


James MacColl, Head of Campaigns, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The Government needs to take stock and review all of its highly damaging plans for the A27, particularly at Arundel.  This cancellation provides us with an opportunity to focus on traffic reduction rather than trying to build our way out of trouble.

“New roads only create new traffic and while some junction improvements might be warranted, there needs to be far greater emphasis on improving public transport and making it safe and attractive to walk and cycle.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • 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).