Council to put pressure on Highways Agency to improve A27 in West Sussex

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The idea of an e-petition pressing for major improvements to the A27 in West Sussex will be considered by the county council, its leader told members.

It was suggested by James Walsh (LDem, Littlehampton East) in a bid to put pressure on the Highways Agency to come up with cash for improvements at Chichester, Worthing and Arundel.

The issue of A27 improvements had been going on for 30 years, he added. The e-petition would be signed by business people, residents and tourists - everyone who used the road and faced daily tailbacks, adding enormously to industry’s costs.

Leader Louise Goldsmith (Con, Chicheser West) said the issue of the A27 was long and ongoing. “People just want to get something done,” she declared.

Each key area was important, but they had to look at the whole of the A27, which was why she had been talking to people from outside, including representatives of Hampshire.

She added: “In the meantime, we have to look at how we can get traffic moving more smoothly and quickly along the A27. There are things we can do, and will come to the council in the autumn to talk more about where we are.”

She was not against the idea of an e-petition, and would look at this. “The question is when - timing on this is everything,” said Mrs Goldsmith.