Save Arundel's Countryside!
New options for the A27 Arundel Bypass would 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 most recent consultation about the A27 at Arundel was in Feb 2020. Click here for more information - essentially this was 'we know we messed up again, tell us if you think it would have made a difference if we had told the truth' - who was bothering to reply when Covid-19 was looming on their horizons, we wonder? Before that,
Highways England ran a consultation about the A27 Arundel Bypass in Aug-Oct 2019.
All six proposed options were 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.
What’s the alternative?
Local residents are supporting a far less damaging solution called the Arundel Alternative - summary below, see next page on this site for more. The map below shows Highways England’s six route options, and the Arundel Alternative (yellow).In a nutshell: 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.
Seven 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.
Watch this short video
produced by local people
about the Arun countryside at Binsted
The Bald Explorer Visits Binsted
People who care about the things that make Sussex special, the environment, woodlands and wildlife, traditional communities and cultural heritage, and what we will leave to or take from future generations, are outraged by Highways England's proposals.
This video by Richard Vobes 'the Bald Explorer', homes in on the destruction of ancient woodland that has been considered by Highways England for a massive new junction in Binsted:
We sang Climate Change Carols to Highways England this Christmas
Click here to download the trifold wordsheet