National Highways begins consultation for the Arundel bypass in the UK

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National Highways has launched a new four-week consultation on proposals for the £320 million A27 Arundel bypass. The consultation will run from November 16 to December 16. Thus, it will allow people to weigh in on the most recent changes to the project.

The revised proposals include changes at Walberton and an update on plans for the Avisford Park Golf Course. It will also include a bat crossing at Tye Lane and new plans for the Crossbush Junction.

“Over the course of 2022, we made adjustments to the project design. They also include minimizing the impact of additional traffic through Walberton. Thus, we’d now like to introduce those slight adjustments and gather feedback on them,” said Andrew Jackson, project lead for National Highways.

“During this consultation, we will present our revised design and solicit your feedback on the proposed changes.” We intend to submit our DCO application in spring 2023. This will be after we have given everyone an opportunity to comment on the new proposals.”

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Arundel bypass proposals

The changes were made after a thorough review of over 4,000 responses received during the previous consultation earlier this year.

The Arundel Bypass is a new 8km dual carriageway that bisects from the current A27 and circumvents the single-carriageway road through Arundel before rejoining with the current A27. According to National Highways, this is critical work to lessen road congestion for the benefit of the local coastal community.

Arundel, located between Portsmouth in the west and Brighton and Worthing in the east, is known as a regular traffic bottleneck, with 21,000 journeys made on the local road network each day. It is estimated that the existing road network is operating at 150% of its original capacity.

National Highways disclosed the preferred route for the bypass in October 2020, and in April 2021, a consortium comprised of Bam Nuttall, Aecom, and Mace was awarded the contract to deliver the project’s main works package. The construction of the Arundel Bypass would begin in 2023-2024 and be completed between 2025-2030.