Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert has welcomed a Government announcement of a feasibility study into the A27 corridor, including the problems at Arundel and Worthing, and funding to upgrade the Chichester by-pass.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, today (Thursday June 27) published plans for infrastructure investment that included £69 million to upgrade the Chichester by-pass and a feasibility study to look at problems on the A27 on the south coast, including Arundel and Worthing.
Responding to the announcement, Mr Herbert said: “After years under the previous Government in which much-needed and previously agreed upgrades to the A27 were dropped from the roads programme, this is good news.
“One key section, at Chichester, will now be upgraded, and this was always going to the first. But we will also now have a proper Government study into what’s needed at Arundel and Worthing, where schemes could be even more expensive. This is welcome progress.
“I will continue to make the case that Arundel requires a full, off-line by-pass, as previously agreed. However, our local authorities and partners, especially West Sussex County Council and the Local Enterprise Partnership, must now step up to the plate with a concerted and proactive push to ensure that we do not lose this new opportunity to secure the A27 upgrades which the community needs.”