Plans to tackle severe congestion on the A27 at Arundel, Worthing and Lewes are included in the Government’s Road Investment Strategy announced today.
The A27 feasibility study has recommended a new dual carriageway bypass of Arundel and extra improvements in Worthing and Lancing, which will fix one of the most notorious ‘missing links’ in the region, while junction improvements in Chichester will ease journeys on the western part of the route. The Department for Transport will consult with the local community on options.
Other projects in 84 new road schemes announced today, include a tunnel to tackle a bottleneck at Stonehenge on the A303 and improved M25 junctions.
The plans are part of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement to be announced in full on Wednesday.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, said:
Our Long term-economic plan means today we can invest an unprecedented £15 billion into Britain’s infrastructure to improve repair and expand our roads.
Our plans will transform some of the country’s most important strategic routes, with ambitious projects to dual the A303, A1, A27 and the A47 as well as spending on important local infrastructure boosting productivity and helping local economies.
For years our roads have been neglected. Now that this government is fixing the economy, we can afford to invest properly in our roads – unlocking jobs for the future and local growth by creating a road network that is fit for the 21st century.
But Labour accused the Government of having “a record on infrastructure that is one of all talk and no delivery” while the RAC Foundation warned that with a growing and ageing population the number of drivers on the roads could increase from 36 million to 43 million in the next 20 years.