A27 Improvements

The objective of the A27 Working Group is to demonstrate to the Government the overwhelming economic, environmental and social case for improving the A27 across West Sussex.

The A27 was identified in 2013 as one of six choke points seriously affecting the efficiency of the UK's network of trunk road, particularly the stretch between Chichester and Shoreham.

As a result, HM Treasury instructed the Department for Transport to undertake feasibility studies, through the Highways Agency, to determine what might be done to ease congestion at each location and unlock latent economic potential. The A27 Working Group will support the Government’s work and demonstrate how congestion on the A27 is blighting communities and stifling investment and growth along the West Sussex coast and beyond.

Infrastructure investment decisions on this scale are determined through detailed cost benefit analysis. This means understanding aspirations for economic growth and the importance of meeting the local need for new housing, and how these cannot be realised without more reliable journey times on the A27. This will require removing conflicts between local and strategic traffic at the key bottlenecks at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing.

Alongside A27 improvement, A27 Working Group will call for essential complementary transport strategies on the local highway network to manage traffic and encourage use of sustainable modes of transport, particularly for short journeys. This will reduce the impact of local traffic on the A27.

Useful link:

Highways England


West Sussex County Council



Grove Lodge Roundabout Update

Pleased to say that thanks to the excellent work by local councillors Louise Murphy and Elizabeth Sparkles the Grove Lodge roundabout has been repaired an new “yellow box” has been painted to help cars onto the roundabout.

Grove Lodge Roundabout: Update

Really pleased to report that following the approach from Cllr Louise Murphy and me Highways England have confirmed that the Grove Lodge Roundabout resurfacing scheme is scheduled for overnight weekend working in March subject to weather and this should be a comprehensive solution.

Grove Lodge Roundabout

I paid a visit to the Grove Lodge Roundabout with local councillor, Louise Murphy, who has been reporting the potholes on local roads, but has been increasingly frustrated with the lack of repairs being carried out on main roads, like the Grove Lodge Roundabout, by Highways England.

Results of New Monks Farm Survey

Thank you to all those who filled in my survey on New Monks Farm - there was a fantastic response and I have submitted the results as part of my contribution to the public consultation.

Plan to reduce air pollution while protecting drivers

Dear Colleague,


I am writing, on the behalf of Jesse Norman and myself, to give you information on Defra and DfT’s joint publication, The UK Plan For Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations.

A27 - Chris Grayling meeting

Following Highways England's very disappointing A27 improvement plan, I arranged a meeting yesterday evening with the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and my Worthing colleague, Sir Peter Bottomley MP.