2020-2021: the Arundel Bypass Grey Route controversy
On 15th October 2020, Highways England announced the Grey Route as their new Preferred Route. Controversial indeed! This flies in the face of public opinion: in their autumn 2019 consultation, 64% said they wanted to use the existing line of the road with a short bypass or Do Nothing. Most of those said they wanted the local communities' route the Arundel Alternative. Only 7% said they wanted Grey.
Highways England are rejecting public opinion in order to profit from building the longest available length of new four-lane dual carriageway. The impact on the National Park in noise, wildlife severance and visual intrusion would be severe.
The cost of this damage is out of all proportion to any benefit. Against a £100-250M scheme budget it has now risen to £320-455M. It will go up further as the cost of a viaduct over the Arun Valley and of mitigation has not yet been included. Half a billion will be just the start point for financial cost. And then there is the human, climate, ecological and landscape cost.
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19.11.20 Worthing Herald: "A27 Arundel bypass: ‘Grey route will cause immense damage’ - also Shoreham Herald