Attending the exhibition by Highways England showing plans for the A27 Chichester Bypass I sensed it was (limited) money and not solving the problem which was driving the whole process.
That was confirmed when I examined their ‘Economic Assessment’ (updated 27 July 2016) and read on Page 11: ‘1.3.4 In February 2016, Highways England decided to exclude the northern and southern bypass options (Options 4, 5 and 6) as they were found to exceed the Road Investment Strategy £100m to £250m budget range. At this time Option 2A was also discounted as the economic and environmental assessment found that Option 2 performed better.
It is understood that the Highways England will consult on schemes that will meet their objectives to improve traffic flow and safety, that sit at the lower end of the £100m to £250m range.’
So there you have it; a ‘bodge’ to fit a price. The real tragedy is Chichester will probably have to repeat the process within a decade of completion. Is that really ‘value for money’?