11 May 2018
Campaigners today warned of strong resistance to the planned bypass at Arundel in West Sussex, which they said set a highly damaging precedent and could be followed by more big roads through national parks and other valuable and irreplaceable countryside and wildlife habitats.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive of Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"By planning a dual carriageway through the South Downs National Park and ancient woodland, Highways England and the Department for Transport have shown that they don't care about all the fine words in Michael Gove's environment plan.
“If this goes ahead, it will set a terrible precedent and will lead to more destructive roads in the South Downs National Park and also in other National Parks and valuable countryside and wildlife habitats. Ancient woodland can't just be cut down and replaced by new trees and should not be traded off against small time savings by motorists.
“It is not even as if this destruction will actually solve the transport problems in the area. It will simply move the traffic jams down to the next bottleneck and will do nothing to give people choices in local travel. By contrast, local groups have produced a coherent alternative plan for the corridor which will actually help local travel without destroying the environment.
“Highways England and DfT appear to have gone back to the 1980s and 90s and want to build big roads across the countryside. Now as then they will face significant resistance, locally and nationally.”
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Notes to Editors
- Read Highways England decision here – A27 Arundel Bypass
- Read the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment (SCATE) report A New Transport Vision for the Sussex Coast New Transport Strategy Report
- 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).