I recently joined local residents in welcoming the decision to rule out an A27 bypass around northern Chichester.
However, that is only half the battle, and I am now standing with campaigners calling on Highways England to reject an alternate route around Arundel.
Groups like Arundel Bypass Neighbourhood Committee (ABNC) are campaigning tirelessly to protect their businesses, communities, and the environment, from the devastating impact of plans to turn the A27 into an expressway along the South Coast.
The current proposals not only endanger the local environment in Britain’s youngest National Park but also pose a serious threat to people’s health. It is estimated around 55,000 deaths a year are attributable to air pollution, more than 70 per cent of that due to cars and lorries.
The Government’s road building programme needs to be scrutinised and the money redirected towards sustainable public transport alternatives.
Over recent years, local bus services have experienced savage cuts, and the cost of train travel continues to soar, with UK train tickets the most costly in Europe. The money spent on road building should be used to support public transport schemes.
I stand with the A27 campaign groups, calling for the development of responsible transport strategies that prioritise our environment, our climate and our health.
Green MEP, South East England, European Parliament and member of the European Parliament’s Transport committee, East Road, London N1 6AH
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