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



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.

House of Commons - Transport Questions

After an initial bout of confusion on the front bench, the Minister was able to answer my question on the Government's plans for improvements to the A27.

A27 Public Consultation

Highways England (HE) will be holding a public consultation about the A27 Worthing and Lancing improvements scheme between Wednesday 19 July and Tuesday 12 September 2017.

A27 Update

We were originally expecting the latest proposals from Highways England about upgrading the A27 through #Lancing / #Sompting / #Worthing to be published in June. This has been delayed because of the general election and we are awaiting a new date imminently.

A27 Stats and Figures

There were a lot of facts and figures thrown around at the recent A27 public meeting, as there has been throughout the discussions on this crucial piece of infrastructure in the area.

A27 public meeting and update

The meeting at the Pavilion Theatre to give an update on the proposals for upgrading the A27 was packed with standing room only for some of the 800 or so people who packed the hall.