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Arundel bypass – act now or lose the argument!


I am in favour of an Arundel bypass. The problem we face in Arun District is one of economic stagnation. The main reason for this is the poor infrastructure generally and in particular the lack of an Arundel Bypass.

It is anticipated that the Chancellor will announce funding for selected road schemes in his autumn statement on December 3rd 2014. The competition for such funding is fierce. Feasibility studies are currently being carried out on a number of schemes nationally, one of which is for an Arundel bypass. Will the Arundel bypass win funding this time around?

The last time this subject was up for consideration the then Chancellor Alistair Darling turned the scheme down for ‘environmental reasons’. There can be no doubt – it was a huge success for environmental pressure groups.

Now, once again, environmental pressure groups are lobbying government to oppose a bypass at Arundel. See http://scate.org.uk/ as an example.

Those who support the need for an Arundel Bypass must also lobby government. Complacency is not an option.

Write to:

Secretary of State for Transport

Patrick McLoughlin

Department for Transport

Great Minster House

33 Horseferry Road

London

SW1P 4DR

E-mail: patrick.mcloughlin.mp@parliament.uk

Now to dispel a couple of the myths being used as arguments against an Arundel bypass:

It is inaccurate to call the proposed Arundel bypass a second bypass (which some opponents are doing). They say “why do we need a bypass when we have got one already”.

The section of A27 at Arundel is described by Ordnance Survey in some of its mapping as a bypass. In fact, this section was provided as a relief road until such time as a full bypass could be provided.

When the government announced its feasibility study into improvements to the A27 at Arundel I wrote to Ordnance Survey to ask them to review this classification.

After reviewing this classification, Ordnance Survey now confirms that this section of the A27 is a relief road and that “We have amended the text on our large scale mapping to reflect this. This amendment will be made to our other mapping scales in due course.”

Also, there are two kinds of ancient woodland, ‘ancient semi-natural’ and ‘ancient replanted’. Tortington Common (through which the pink/blue route passes – which is currently under reconsideration) is ‘ancient replanted’.

I believe that the preservation of ‘ancient semi-natural’ woodland will deservedly receive much support, including mine. However, if there is a case to preserve ‘ancient replanted’ woodland then it is a very different argument and should be made separately – and not confused with ‘ancient semi-natural’ woodland. The truth is that much of the ‘ancient semi-natural’ woodland was destroyed in the storm of 1987, and is now just conifer plantation.

Magicmap by Natural England separates ancient woodland into ‘Ancient and Semi-Natural Woodland’ and ‘Ancient Replanted Woodland’.

See http://www.natureonthemap.naturalengland.org.uk/MagicMap.aspx

Key objectives to be met by improvements to the A27 at Arundel

An Arundel bypass is crucial to the delivery of local, regional and national policies which seek the realisation of economic potential in the Sussex Coastal Sub-Region and turning around areas of deprivation in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.

Attracting inward investment in better paid jobs calls for major improvements on the SRN and in access to it from those towns.

Key objectives are:

Removal of the cause of severance to the town of Arundel.

Removal of the source of noise and air pollution for those living close to the present line of the road.

Improvement in safety and traffic flow on the trunk road.

Freedom for the local authorities to make improvements to the local network through:

(i)            Reduction in through traffic on Ford Road, Arundel.

(ii)           greater safety and easier traffic flow on A259 and A284

(iii)          safe provision for pedestrians and cyclists on the present line of the A27 between Crossbush, the station, Town, Hospital and HavenwoodPark

Completion of the strategic road network to create conditions in which the economic potential of the district can be fully realised and major investment can be attracted.

Freedom for the local authorities to plan for sustainable transport and sustainable growth in Arun.

A substantial district-wide carbon saving to be achieved through a significant reduction in journey times.

Deter rat-running through the proposed South Downs National Park to the north and through villages to the south to avoid congestion on the A27.

Secure the economic future of our next generation.

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  1. December 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Perhaps if By-passes are so bad, we should de construct the Chichester bypass and route traffic through the Cross?

  2. December 1, 2014 at 7:23 am

    It does make me laugh when some argue that a bypass at Arundle will bring more traffic in the long run.
    Really?. Are there currently thousands & thousands of extra Trucks and cars, waiting patiently in lay-bys?
    The only increase in traffic in the long term is our rising population.
    Perhaps the Nimby’s will lobby against that?

  3. November 2, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Thanks chuckle brother not happy last week Angmering to crossbush over an hour later still not got through on my way to cardiac dept St Richards sitting in the car I had to phone St Richards whereby my appointment abandoned and rescheduled I wasn’t the only person very important to keep regular appointments for my pacemaker I also use this road to go to bognor I’m under specialist care sitting in a car this length of time kicks in pain ! Unless this is addressed this well and truly puts me at risk unable to access medical appointments not exceptable the sooner something is done the better West Sussex is growing larger in population we have to have transport links Buses and bikes being disabled is a no no and as this road is classed as a relief road not a bypass as it was meant to be its long overdue a proper road is needed otherwise for the future we are all going to be gridlocked didn’t we all know this time would come for future generations we have to move forward if any think differently personaly I find this very selfish after all we all will be gone what an awful legacy we leave our children and grandchildren not able to go about life’s area completely stagnated no new company’s will come to the area no new jobs will be created just awful

  4. October 7, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    I certainly hope that an Arundel Bypass will attract more traffic – from the over congested A259, from the National Park, from the surrounding villages. It should reduce the rat running that we all have to endure currently.

    It will certainly lead to an improvement in the air quality for residents on the current line of the A27 at Arundel and in villages like Storrington. It will lead to a reduction in carbon because cars will be moving rather than being stationery and belching out CO2 fumes into Arundel.

    Why is it that environmentalists show such little concern for these issues?

    The pink/blue route was designed to protect Binsted Woods. They are not under threat.

    Why would Walberton be “obliterated”?

    Every time I use the Newbury bypass (which is quite often) I remember the days when I had to drive through the town, belching out carbon monoxide for the benefit of local residents. It could sometimes take 30 minutes to do what I can now do in 5 minutes. That’s what I call a carbon saving!

    I too would like to see greater encouragement of rail travel, we want improvements to both our rail and road infrastructure not just the railways!

  5. richard smith
    October 7, 2014 at 12:45 am

    It is stunning that anyone could think that just a bypass could solve Arundel’s problems. It will if anything make them ten times worse. Any fool could tell you that a bypass attracts more traffic.

    Added to this is the obliteration of Walberton, Binstead, and possibly the last protected wetland, and forestry on the south coast. Both governments have had a decade to improve the ludicrous problems on the rail network which means commuters have to go backwards to reach Brighton. It could be fixed for a fraction of the cost of yet another “new road” dead end.

    It is arrant, wanton vandalism for no end. Just ask the populace of Newbury. Traffic increased 30% in town just one year after the bypass went in. They now curse it!

    It is utter stupidity from a government without any credibility except to go for the easy option.

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