Highways England has announced plans for a £250m, four-mile dual-carriageway bypass for Arundel on the A27 in West Sussex, England.
The bypass is expected to save commuters more than an hour and a half every week, as it will draw traffic away from Arundel town centre and reduce rat-running on minor roads through the South Downs National Park.
It is also expected to keep the impact on protected environments such as ancient woodland to an absolute minimum.
The preferred route is a variation of Option 5a proposed at 2017’s consultation and strikes a balance between creating vital new road capacity and protecting the special environment and cultural heritage in and around Arundel.
Highways England A27 programme lead Alan Feist said: “These ambitious plans will fill in a missing link on the A27, improving 21,000 journeys every day for drivers from Arundel and beyond.
“We will continue to work with people and take their views into account as we further develop the project’s design so we can deliver a project that successfully improves journeys, respects the environment and helps to enhance the historic town of Arundel.”
The project will create extra capacity along the A27 and also reduce westbound journeys by up to eight minutes and eastbound journeys by 12 minutes.
In 2017, Highways England put three options to the public for views between August and October, and the latest announcement considers feedback made during the consultation and ongoing discussions with key stakeholders.
The plans include improved routes for pedestrians and cyclists, along with a continuous dedicated path along the existing road around Arundel.
The plans are also aimed at making journeys on the A27 at Arundel safer; reducing congestion as the existing A27 through Arundel is operating at up to 150% capacity; and supporting economic growth by benefiting businesses across the region due to efficiencies and improved journey times.