VOTE: Changes to A27 welcomed but bypass is still ‘solution’

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COUNCILLORS have said residents will be ‘over the moon’ about A27 improvements but much more still needs to be done.

The Highways Agency has this week revealed plans for £40,000 of work on the A27 Ford roundabout, in Arundel.

Welcoming the news, Cllr Christina Coleman, county councillor for the Middleton ward said: “Anything that can reduce congestion and help the traffic flow along the A27 is good. It is a great necessity for the community and we are looking at every possible way of improving the A27.

“The problem is there is a funding issue, so residents will be over the moon about the improvements as it has been a long saga.”

The Highways Agency has announced improvements to eight roads in the South East.

The Ford roundabout changes aim to reduce congestion by providing two lanes at the westbound entry and new lane markings.

Work will begin in 2013 with a target completion date of 2015.

The regional schemes, costing £17.3 million, are part of a £217 million national programme to keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads.

Cllr Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, recently spoke out about improvements being needed on the A27.

In response to the proposed improvement works she said: “Any improvements to the A27 are welcome, particularly if they will ease congestion at key junctions such as this one.

“The message from residents and businesses is that they are fed-up with delays on this very important part of the West Sussex infrastructure.

“The county council is currently looking again at helping to develop other possible short-term measures but I cannot emphasise strongly enough that the only solution is a properly funded scheme that includes an Arundel bypass and major improvements at Chichester and between Worthing and Lancing.

“That is why we continue to lobby the department for transport.”

Government transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Keeping traffic moving is vital to securing prosperity. By removing bottlenecks and improving access to local enterprise zones, key international trading ports and communities, these road schemes will help get people to and from work and power the economy.”

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