To contact Highways England:
A27 Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC)
Say that you object to the Grey route altogether, and why. They ask that we only respond to their latest tweaks, but if we do that, they will claim that fewer people are objecting to the route as such.
It cuts through the villages of Tortington and Binsted and causes more traffic in Walberton and Fontwell. It would ruin the beauty and tranquillity of river Arun walks and the setting of Arundel, the Binsted Rife valley and the setting of the South Downs National Park. It would sever a huge, important wildlife area of 'exceptionally rich biodiversity' (Natural England).
It will bring nothing but more peak traffic and more congestion to Worthing, Chichester and villages and towns in between.
National Highways are still mentioning an old budget figure of £320M+. This is well out of date and costs must now be more likely to approach or exceed NH’s earlier top range estimate figure of £1.2Bn: Either way it is not the best use of that much public money when there are other higher priority needs. It fails to consider the much shorter and more economical Arundel Alternative which is an appropriate 21st century solution.
Building an 8Km new road will incur an enormous carbon footprint in construction, and in its use it would encourage people to take longer, faster and more frequent car journeys. This is not compatible with government and global net zero objectives.
ABNC (which stands for Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee) is an environmental community pressure group, concerned about the impacts of road-building proposals around the Arundel A27 in West Sussex. We have been working for 30 years to save the countryside south and south-west of Arundel from major new road damage. Based in Binsted and surrounding villages, and funded by local people's donations, ABNC has a core organizing committee, a wider network of local volunteers across several parishes, and a mailing list of more than 6000 supporters.
The villages of Binsted, Walberton, Fontwell, Tortington; the wildlife of Binsted Woods, and wetlands from the iconic floodplain south of Arundel to the Binsted Rife Valley, are all under threat from the impacts of National Highways' proposals. The Arundel Bypass proposals also raise issues of international importance: climate change and species extinctions.
You can find ABNC also on Facebook and on Twitter. We work with environmental and transport organization partners including the South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment, Transport Action Network and the South Downs Network.
Together with local community environmental groups ArundelSCATE (www / FB /TW), whose Arundel Alternative proposal we support; Walberton Friends & Neighbours ( Facebook & Twitter), and Tortington Local Community, we are the Stop the Arundel Bypass Alliance (SAB Alliance - FB & TW).
To contact Highways England: