A27 consultation reaches halfway stage

Highways England is encouraging residents and businesses to ensure their voice is heard as the A27 Chichester bypass public consultation nears its halfway stage.

Thursday, 18th August 2016, 2:55 pm
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:24 am
Visitors viewing the A27 options at one of the public exhibitions. Picture Kate Shemilt ks16000863-5

The ten-week public consultation began on July 14 and is seeking views on five different options which Highways says will ‘make local commutes faster and more reliable while protecting the environment’.

More than 2,000 people have now voted for their favoured option in our online poll. To cast your vote click here

The next public exhibition takes place tomorrow and Saturday, see below for full details.

Funding for the scheme has been guaranteed and comes from the Department for Transport’s £15 billion Roads Investment Strategy, with a budget for the Chichester scheme set at between £100m-£250m.

A statement said: “Highways England has already held a number of well attended information exhibitions at venues across Chichester and the local area where the public has had the chance to examine the proposals and speak to project team to give their feedback.

“We are encouraging anyone who has not yet attended an exhibition to do so at the one of the following:

Friday, August 19: Boxgrove Village Hall - 10am to 7pm

Saturday, August 20: Boxgrove Village Hall - 10am to 2pm

Tuesday, August 30: Lavant Memorial Hall - 10am to 8pm

Friday, September 2: Lavant Memorial Hall - 10am to 8pm

Friday, September 9: Bracklesham Barn - 10am to 7pm

Saturday, September 10: Bracklesham Barn - 10am to 2pm

Wednesday, September 14: Chichester Assembly Rooms - 10am to 8pm

Thursday, September 15: Chichester Assembly Rooms - 10am to 8pm

All of the options being consulted on involve major upgrades to junctions along the existing route of the A27.

Highways said that each one offers a different mix of benefits and people’s views will be crucial in choosing the right option for Chichester.

It added: Chichester has a rich cultural heritage and beautiful surrounding countryside – the shortlisted options will take these fully into account.

“All responses will be carefully considered before a final decision on the preferred option is made by the Government later this year.

“That in turn will be fully consulted on giving people plenty of opportunities to have their say.

“The aim is for construction to start in 2019 with the road opened by 2020/21.”

Proposals and feedback forms are available on the scheme website as well as at public information events.

To view the consultation details in full click here