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      New map reveals Highways England's Arundel A27 options

      8th Dec 2015
      The map below shows Highways England(HE)'s Route Options for the Arundel A27: Our map is based on HE's schematic diagram below, shown at the July 2015 Arundel stakeholder meeting, and on their report descriptions:   For more information, read ABNC's page "What are the Options?" on www.arundelbypass.co.uk ...Read More...

      More Houses, Less Speed!

      7th Dec 2015
      People say, “If we have to have thousands more houses in Sussex, then we have to have a fully dualled 70mph A27”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Fontwell shows why. To accommodate just 400 extra houses at Fontwell (planning application WA/22/15), Highways England have formally recommended to Arun District Council...Read More...

      Chichester A27: New Threat to Sussex

      5th Dec 2015
      The future of Sussex, and the South Downs National Park, hangs in the balance.  Highways England have briefed local authorities, confidentially, that they are considering proposing a Chichester Northern Bypass as the likely Preferred Option; to consult on this early in 2016 and to take the decision in summer 2016.   A. Why is this a th...Read More...

      Congestion-busting: is the solution in ‘the cloud’?

      12th Nov 2015
      People asking for bypasses often seem to think that once their bypass was built they could get from A to B without any trouble, forever.   The government’s road-building programme assumes that building more roads and widening existing ones can solve congestion problems and remove ‘traffic hotspots’.   Yet motor...Read More...

      Arundel A27 info from Highways England

      5th Nov 2015
      Highways England has a dedicated web area for information on each planned section of major A27 works.  Their information about Arundel is copied below.  To explore the Highways England website further, click here. What is happening? We are evaluating proposed options for the scheme.  We are working with key stakeholders and those ...Read More...

      Stakeholder Workshop for the Arundel A27: July 2015

      3rd Nov 2015
      This article offers a summary of the report, especially as it affects Binsted.  A link to the full Highways England 37-page report is given at the end. There is less secrecy than in the previous series of meetings.  More stakeholders have been and will be invited; 26 invited ‘stakeholders’ attended and there were almost as ma...Read More...

      Campaign for National Parks speaks out on major roads

      31st Oct 2015
      The article below appeared in an issue of CNP's magazine 'Viewpoint' earlier this year: Government announcement on major roads projects brings little cheer to National Parks The announcement in the Chancellor's pre-budget report of proposed road schemes - covering the Peak District, South Downs and Broads Authority National Parks ...Read More...

      Busting the Myth … that the National Park would benefit by a far-offline Bypass at Arundel

      28th Oct 2015
      It is often argued that a new major new offline bypass at Arundel would prevent rat-running through the South Downs National Park, and thus for example improve air quality at Storrington. This argument is used to justify plans for severe damage to the South Downs National Park and its setting from major new road-building.   But the idea ...Read More...

      Operation Stack in Sussex?

      4th Aug 2015
      You probably saw Operation Stack in Kent on the TV, even if you weren't personally held up in it.  Click here for a one-minute Youtube tour.   Lines of those square-profiled lorries, going nowhere, a slain serpent laid out across the beautiful Kent countryside.  Striking ferry workers broke into the Channel Tunnel, so that ferri...Read More...

      A Fair Buzz about the Bypass

      22nd Jul 2015
      The Binsted Strawberry Fair on 19 July was one of the best ever, and has raised over £7,000 for Binsted church’s fabric, the Sussex Wildlife Trust, and Friends of Chichester Hospitals.  ABNC had an information stand about Binsted and the Arundel bypass.  This attracted a lot of interest from the nearly 1000 people who cam...Read More...

      Binsted's Strawberry Fair fields threatened by possible Arundel Bypass route

      17th Jul 2015
      Binsted’s Strawberry Fair fields in danger from new Arundel bypass route Highways England puts forward bypass option through Binsted The Strawberry Fair (Sunday 19th July, 2.00-4.30) is steaming ahead as usual.   Run for 28 years by Rosemary and David Tristram, this country event has raised in all over £100,000, partly for t...Read More...

      Arundel bypass: can’t we have some strategic thinking?

      17th Jun 2015
      Local communities await with some trepidation the promised ‘public consultation’ about the Arundel Bypass.   MPs and councillors, and the previous government, have been vigorously pushing a bypass without a route having yet been decided on.    The chancellor has said it will go ahead ‘despite local opposit...Read More...

      Getting around lightly

      30th May 2015
      Twenty years ago we were fighting the last vestiges of the 'greatest road building programme since the Romans'.  One benefit of this battle was the level of scrutiny brought to bear on the claims being made about the need and benefits of new roads. This demonstrated that new roads did not always lead to economic benefits and could jus...Read More...

      New survey group MAVES to study at-risk countryside

      17th Apr 2015
      A new Arundel-based Not For Profit Community Organization, Mid Arun Valley Ecological Surveys (MAVES), has been formed to study this beautiful, hitherto under-surveyed area.   Partner organisations include Sussex Wildlife Trust and Arundel Agenda 21.  MAVES is employing a consultant ecologist, Jackie Thompson of Wildlife Splash Ltd, ...Read More...

      SCATE Blog 13 April 2015

      14th Apr 2015
      Pause for reflection? SCATE blog considers the Labour position on the Arundel Bypass Today saw the launch of the Labour Party manifesto, outlining its blueprint for the country should it be elected on 7 May. Contained in the accompanying press release and press statements, it has announced that it would pause any work on the Arundel bypass a...Read More...

      A27 Feasibility Study Report Creates Confusion

      8th Apr 2015
      Arundel bypass: A27 Study fails to fix a route for Option B – perhaps deliberately? It seems extraordinary that although the ‘A27 Feasibility Study’ was published in March, the route of Option B for the Arundel bypass is still not known for certain.   No map is given, and the description (at Report 3, paras 5.2.4. to 5....Read More...

      Critique of March 2015 A27 Feasibility Study Proposals

      8th Apr 2015
      The Report contains Major Inconsistencies and is based on Weak Evidence History The Department for Transport’s (DfT) executive agency the Highways Agency (HA) commissioned Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB) an at the time wholly owned subsidiary of the loss making UK construction company Balfour Beatty in November 2013 to “undertake a feasibili...Read More...

      Critique of A27 Arundel Wider Economic Study

      8th Apr 2015
      There are Better Solutions than an Offline Dual Carriageway   Philip Gadsby wrote on 19 February 2015: Parsons Brinkerhoff (PB) were commissioned to undertake a preliminary assessment of the economic impacts of the A27 Arundel bypass.  Report Title : A27 Arundel Bypass Wider Economic Impact Study ...Read More...

      What Alternatives are there to an Offline Bypass?

      8th Apr 2015
      ArundelSCATE sets out some ideas for discussion   Revised Nov 2014 A.  Capital projects Remodelling Crossbush A27 junction with A284 (currently a mess and source of hold-ups as it was a temporary design anticipating a new bypass), for continuous flow and separated access for Burpham and Crossbush. To incorporate safe cycle paths and...Read More...

      The Short Bypass Option

      18th Mar 2015
      What might a Short Bypass look like?   Nobody wants a Third Option that is a 70(=80)mph super-highway under the nose of the town.  But a 70(=80)mph super-highway further off would be much more conspicuous in views from the castle and across the beautiful watermeadows of the Arun valley than one tucked in below the town.  And it cou...Read More...
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