The decision to rule out a new bypass north of Chichester has been welcomed by campaigners worried that Highways England may also be considering a more rural route for a bypass around Arundel.
Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC) said it hopes the move shows that Highways England is committed to minimising environmental impact and will apply the same principles to Arundel.
“We welcome this decision because an expressway approach at Chichester would have increased pressure on transport and the environment to the east of Chichester throughout Sussex,” said ABNC secretary Emma Tristram.
“Improvements are needed but should not be at the expense of highly valued Sussex countryside, rural businesses and villages.
“The Department for Transport and Highways England have now accepted this at Chichester and at Worthing. The same should apply at Arundel.”
Highways England on Friday announced that it would only consider plans to upgrade four junctions around Chichester, dropping options for both a new northern and partial southern A27 route.
The new options will now be taken forward for public consultations, which has been pushed back until late spring/early summer.
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