Top-level talks on easing A27 jams

Closure - Flooding on the East bound of the A27 at Chichester   Photo by Louise Adams
Closure - Flooding on the East bound of the A27 at Chichester Photo by Louise Adams

A MEETING of politicians has intensified plans to improve the A27 at Chichester.

MP Andrew Tyrie attended Friday’s meeting at County Hall alongside other political figures in the area.

He said: “The A27 around Chichester badly needs improvement; to the east of Chichester, as well.

“I met with other West Sussex MPs and West Sussex county councillors on Friday, March 21.

“People deserve to be able to get to work on time. Businesses need a better road, too.

“We had valuable and detailed discussions about the problem and about how best to put our case to the government.”

And the leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, also sparked rumours of a new campaign.

She said: “These meetings allow everyone the opportunity for a wide range of issues to be discussed and, not for the first time, one such discussion topic at this most recent meeting last Friday was the A27 and our plans for a campaign which will call on the government to fund and build a dual carriageway east to west.

“We had leading business representatives at this meeting as well and the support of businesses for any future campaign is vital.

“Watch this space! I shall be blogging with more details in the future.”

In June 2013, central government promised to fund – subject to value for money and availability – upgrades to six junctions along the A27 Chichester bypass between 2015 and 2019. However since then, no plans have been put forward on how to spend the money to improve the A27 at Chichester.

When asked about the progress of A27 improvement plans, a West Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We are in contact with the Highways Agency and its consultants but at the moment there is nothing concrete to share.”