Save Arundel's Countryside
New options for the A27 Arundel Bypass will devastate Arundel, surrounding villages, beautiful countryside and the South Downs National Park. Please join us in supporting a less damaging solution: the Arundel Alternative.
The new consultation
Highways England is running a new consultation about the A27 Arundel Bypass.
It lasts until 24 October. All six proposed options are for 70mph dual carriageways which would increase traffic and carbon emissions and severely damage the environment.
They would destroy outstanding countryside in and around the South Downs National Park and negatively impact on Arundel or surrounding communities.
What you could lose
– Ancient Woodland
– Villages and communities
– Arundel’s watermeadows
– Rare chalk streams
– Endangered species
– Historic parkland– Diverse wildlife
– Local business
– Carbon stores
– Beauty and tranquillityThe photos above show some of the beautiful areas that would be devastated by Highways England’s scheme. Top: the River Arun at Tortington, Middle: Madonna Pond, Binsted, Bottom: approaching the Rife Valley from Walberton.Below: The map shows Highways England’s six route options. Green stars indicate some of many veteran oak trees. A red triangle indicates Binsted Church.
What’s the alternative?
Local residents are supporting a far less damaging solution called the Arundel Alternative - click here for details. This is a 40mph wide-single carriageway, between the Ford Road roundabout and Crossbush junction. It has been designed to:– Avoid current pinch points
– Improve traffic flow
– Minimise carbon emissionsIt follows the same line as two of Highways England’s options, Beige and Cyan, which are expensive, 70mph dual carriageways that would increase traffic and cause great damage. By contrast, the 40mph Arundel Alternative is affordable and deliverable, and would meet traffic needs. It would have less impact on the town and surrounding communities, and protect the high-quality countryside. See 'How You Can Help' in the sidebar top right.
More reasons to support the Arundel Alternative
The Climate Crisis
The UK parliament has declared a climate and ecological emergency. Major new roads increase carbon emissions.
The Ecological Crisis
A dual carriageway would sever habitats and push wildlife species towards local extinction.
A major road scheme across the Arun Valley would increase flood risk.
‘Typically new roads lead to new journeys, filling up the additional space’ (National Infrastructure Commission).
Increased traffic from a 70mph, dual carriageway scheme at Arundel would increase delays at Fontwell, Worthing and Chichester.
The Arundel Alternative would allow traffic to flow without adding to congestion.
Keep Carbon Stored
We cannot afford to lose existing carbon stores like woodland and wetlands by destroying them with new roads.
Protect the Visitor Economy
Popular walks, views, wildlife and tourist businesses would be severely damaged by Highways England’s proposed dual carriageway options.
Economic and Planning Constraints
The Arundel Alternative is the most likely solution to be affordable economically, and to be acceptable to the Planning Inspectorate because it is less damaging.
The Arundel Alternative should be part of a low-emission, co-ordinated transport plan which would benefit everybody, including public transport, walking and cycling.
The photos above are: Top: View to Binsted Church from Scotland Lane; Middle: Boating on the Arun, south of Arundel; Bottom: View from Tortington to Arundel.
How You Can Help
Please reject Highways England’s scheme by filling in their online survey, and voice your support for the Arundel Alternative:We recommend selecting Beige or Cyan as your preferred option and adding in the comment box that you support the alignment, but that it must be the Arundel Alternative, a 40mph .wide-single carriageway, not a 70mph dual carriageway.More advice about the survey will soon be available on
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