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      Government must stop destroying what it claims to cherish

      28th Dec 2020
      Government policy seeks to protect the environment, villages and parish churches.  When will the Department of Transport heed those fine words?  When will it stop putting bypasses through precious heritage and landscapes? Where has UK Government claimed to cherish our natural and rural heritage?  Government policy papers in r...Read More...

      Star letter to Secretary of State for Transport

      5th Dec 2020
      Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR 29th November 2020 Dear Mr Shapps, Thank you for your department’s reply in regard to my letter on the 15th November, ref 319621. I would like to raise some additional points, and have some further questions based upon the inf...Read More...

      Why the A27 Arundel Bypass Grey Route is not good Value for Money

      22nd Nov 2020
      The benefits of building a new major road are assessed, according to Department for Transport guidelines, in terms of shorter, safer, faster and more reliable journey times for more drivers.  So the more extra traffic Highways England decide to predict, the better value for money the scheme appears to be.  Alice in Wonderland moment: fro...Read More...

      Does Highways England think nothing is sacred?

      16th Nov 2020
      St Mary’s church at Binsted is a sacred place.    As well as the faithful congregation for the church services, people come here to meditate, sitting on the bench by the south wall with their faces in the sun.   They enjoy the peace and quiet, the open views up and down the valley and into the wooded countryside, and ...Read More...

      "The A27 Arundel Bypass must be cancelled" - Professor John Whitelegg

      29th Oct 2020
      “Those who promote schemes like the A27 Arundel bypass are promoting a failed intervention that will not achieve its objectives, a costly and highly wasteful use of public money and an option that will make the climate emergency worse.  The A27 Arundel Bypass must be cancelled immediately, and the funding retained in that geographical ar...Read More...

      Natural England says Arundel bypass ‘area is extraordinary’

      27th Oct 2020
      Highways England have announced a route for the Arundel bypass which passes through three villages, with a far worse effect on communities than any of the other routes.   HE will be hoping that their terribly damaging scheme will be approved because it is outside the National Park, which is protected in planning law. But Natural England ...Read More...

      Coronavirus, the Climate Emergency, and the Arundel Bypass

      17th Jun 2020
      Our ABNC Secretary writes: The charity ‘Sense about Science’, in a new initiative about the government’s use of evidence, offered an opportunity to update the 90-second speech which I gave as part of an event they held at the Houses of Parliament in 2018, with many citizen speakers.  This is my updated version. Evidence is...Read More...

      Heathrowgate: Climate change must change the Arundel Bypass too

      1st Mar 2020
      The government’s decision to expand Heathrow Airport has been ruled ‘unlawful’ by the Court of Appeal, on climate change grounds. This decision may point to a new way to save Arundel’s countryside from the current very damaging A27 bypass proposals.   Jenny Bates of Friends of the Earth said: ‘The Court has ...Read More...

      Tell Highways England, part-patching shoddy work does not excuse a bad scheme

      12th Feb 2020
      Highways England has sent letters to many who responded to the 2019 consultation (though not to all), asking them to fill in a new survey form if their opinion has changed as a result of corrections to the shoddy workmanship of its 2019 consultation information.   The online survey form is designed for previous respondents who h...Read More...

      Natural England slates A27 Arundel Bypass proposals

      28th Nov 2019
      The area threatened by the offline routes for the A27 Arundel Bypass is of extraordinary and exceptional ecological and landscape value, say Natural England in their 24 October 2019 response to Highways England's Further Consultation. It’s a long and detailed report, as befits the scale of the issue.  For a flavour of it, check out t...Read More...

      All Arundel bypass routes too damaging

      2nd Oct 2019
      On 1st October, the South Downs National Park Authority decided its response to Highways England's consultation on six high speed dual carriageway options for an Arundel bypass.   None of them, as presented, could be supported; it was not clear whether any possible mitigation could make them supportable.   The landscape ...Read More...

      ABNC Secretary's speech in Parliament

      4th Aug 2019
      Latest news on the Arundel Bypass story reaches the House of Commons by ABNC Secretary Emma Tristram   On 24 June Norman Lamb MP hosted the opening event of ‘Evidence Week’ at the Strangers’ Dining room in the House of Commons.  This is run by a charity called ‘Sense About Science’ together with the House ...Read More...

      £250M bypass at Arundel likely to be cancelled due to poor BCR - cheaper option more likely to actually get built

      24th Apr 2019
      The following article by Dom Browne appeared on Transport Network, April 2019 10% of RIS 1 schemes shelved on value for money grounds Around 10% of the schemes on Highways England’s original 2015-2020 programme have been kicked into the long grass as they do not provide the necessary return on investment. And around a third have be...Read More...

      Highways England's Errors Blog no.4

      5th Mar 2019
      The Extraordinary Mistake about Ancient Woodland Areas   Highways England’s 2017 consultation about the Arundel Bypass was already rotten with errors - so much so, that they propose to re-consult this year.   Now a new, extraordinary error has come to light which throws even further into question the whole road decision-mak...Read More...

      Highways England's Errors Blog no.3

      17th Feb 2019
      They hid the damage to historic Binsted Park   Binsted Park is a ‘pocket park’ within Binsted Woods, a landscaped park created in about 1800 to be viewed from Binsted House.   Option 5A goes through Binsted Park from one side to the other and destroys it. This fact was hidden in the 2017 consultation by an extraordina...Read More...

      Highways England's Errors Blog no.2

      22nd Dec 2018
      They hid the damage to Binsted Woods   Emma Tristram writes:  I based my legal case against Highways England’s Preferred Route decision on the errors in the 2017 consultation.    Rather than have the errors come out in court, Highways England decided to reconsult.   The preparations for the...Read More...

      Highways England's Errors Blog no.1

      29th Nov 2018
      They hid the damage to Binsted village   Emma Tristram writes:  I based my legal case against Highways England’s Preferred Route decision on the errors in the 2017 consultation.    Rather than have the errors come out in court, Highways England decided to reconsult.   The preparations for t...Read More...

      Campaigners welcome legal action outcome

      19th Nov 2018
      PRESS RELEASE 18.11.18 Environmental and sustainable transport campaigners have welcomed the result of Dr Emma Tristram’s legal action, but say, ‘we need smarter solutions’.  Dr Tristram was contesting Highways England’s decision to put a new dual carriageway route through Arundel’s watermeadows and the South Dow...Read More...

      Is mitigation possible?

      18th Oct 2018
      Mitigation measures can be proposed but many impacts are not capable of being adequately mitigated. Have Highways England done their homework on what the cost of mitigating their 5A Arundel bypass would be, so far as it can be done (which is not far enough)?  We think not.  And we think that if they did this job properly, they would canc...Read More...

      First saved, now a road junction? The best Ancient Woodland in coastal Sussex

      7th Aug 2018
      The paradox is this.  How could an Ancient Woodland of 'national importance' be the government's reason for rejection of an Arundel bypass route in 1992, and yet, in 2018, be destined by Highways England for destruction by the new Arundel Bypass Option 5A? 1992: Hundred House Copse, one of the 20 named woods that make ...Read More...
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