A27 Arundel Bypass Consultation Process
Highways England have announced their decision about the route chosen for the bypass. It is to be the Grey Route (option 5BV1) – the longest and most expensive of all the routes proposed.
The new 8 km dual carriageway will run south-west from Crossbush, where the current road turns into a single lane, over the River Arun and the Arun Valley railway line via a bridge, round Binsted – with a bridge over Binsted Rife, and past the east section of Walberton before joining the existing A27 at Tye Lane, to the north of Walberton, and west of both the Mill Road and Shellbridge Road junctions with the existing road.
Tye Lane to the south of the new route will be closed.
Highways England plan to convert the existing A27 between Slindon and Arundel to a local road – a process known as ‘detrunking’ – providing local access for road users including cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians. This would be subject to agreement with WSCC.
At this stage, we do not know whether we can gain access to Yapton and points south in the usual way (via Shellbridge and Mill Roads). More information will doubtless be forthcoming as Highways England pursue the finer details of their proposals.
The Parish Council did not vote for the Grey Route, preferring the idea of a shorter, less intrusive new road which would cause less disruption to wildlife and the environment in general. However, the new proposed route will undoubtedly be of some benefit to us in Slindon, even though we have a great deal of sympathy with the residents of the three villages which lie south of the A27 and which will suffer considerably as a result of the changes.
The Planning Inspectorate identified Slindon Parish Council as a consultation body which must be consulted before adopting its Scoping Opinion. The Council’s response was approved at an extraordinary meeting on Wednesday 31 March 2021 and has been submitted to meet the April 1 2021 statutory deadline. Arun District Council has also sent its own response to Highways England.
Visit the Highways England website for the latest information on the A27 Arundel Improvement Scheme.
Councillors Rees and Fenton will continue to represent the Council on the ’Highways England – A27 Arundel Bypass – Elected Representatives’ Forum’ which meets next on the 28 September 2021. They will receive updates and there will be an opportunity to discuss matters and provide feedback so do please let us know if you wish anything to be raised on your behalf at future meetings. Minutes of these meetings are published on the Highways England website.