Arundel Alternative
 

The new consultation

Highways England is currently holding a public consultation about their plans for the A27 Arundel Bypass, and has launched a PR campaign arguing the need for a dual carriageway. Is their information reliable? So far, it isn’t...


 

no. 1

The environment

Highways England claim that their schemes will ‘limit air and light pollution, protecting our local environment’.

This is untrue. All six of their proposed options would add to air and light pollution, and severely damage the environment. All six would cause an increase in traffic and carbon emissions.

These images show some of the beautiful places and wildlife that would be destroyed by Highways England’s options.

 
 

 

no. 2

Communities

Highways England claim that their schemes will ‘connect local communities’.

The truth is that proposed options would devastate surrounding communities, separating them from each other, and from the surrounding countryside.

Images show community life in Binsted and Tortington, which would be destroyed by Amber, Magenta, Crimson and Grey.

 
 

 

no. 3

Climate change

Highways England claim that ‘improvements will
ease journeys to work, schools and the shops’.  

Their key aims ignore climate change which is not even mentioned in the summary consultation documents. These aims should be fulfilled by making improvements to public transport, bridges and crossing points, footpaths and cycle ways – not by building a new dual carriageway.

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no. 4

Misleading figures

Highways England try to justify road building by implying that it would have a positive impact on South East’s annual £207bn contribution to the economy.

In fact, their proposals make questionable economic sense. Highways England have estimated that the proposed options could cost up to £455 million, but their own prediction for the maximum economic benefit that a new bypass would bring is just £378 million* - over sixty years.

Increased congestion that a new dual carriageway would bring (away from the road and which they don’t consider), would be bad for the economy. It would make far better sense to invest in a cheaper and more sustainable solution, the Arundel Alternative.

* Figures taken from page 10-13 of Highways England’s Interim Scheme Assessment Report A27 Arundel Bypass – PCF Stage 2 Further Consultation, Aug 2019.

 
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Don’t be fooled by Highways England

Highways England has already had a Public Consultation on three options for the Arundel Bypass, in 2017, and Option 5A (now called ‘Amber’) was chosen as the ‘Preferred Route’.

After two legal challenges were made against the decision, based on faulty and misleading data in the public consultation material, a High Court Judge agreed that ‘something had gone clearly and radically wrong’ with their figures, and Highways England decided to re-run the consultation.

 

THey hid the damage

Highways England hid the damage that Option 5A would do to surrounding villages and woods with mis-labelled maps, and incorrect ecological data.


Incorrect traffic figures

Highways England led people to believe that 5A would be the best option for reducing traffic in the South Downs. This was shown to be untrue: eight months later in their own Scheme Assessment Report, they revised their figures. All options were shown to give similar traffic relief.

Incorrect ecological reports

Highways England’s ecological data reported that the presence of rare and endangered bat species was ‘possible, but unlikely’.

Independent reports completed by the Mid Arun Valley Ecological Survey had already told them that biodiversity in Binsted and Tortington is exceptional, with 14 of the UK’s 17 bat species detected.


incorrect economics

Highways England led people to believe that 5A would be the best value for money. Eight months later, in the Scheme Assessment Report, value for money was reduced from ‘good’ to ‘low’.

 
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 Take Action!

Join us in rejecting Highways England’s proposed options by filling in their online survey, and voice your support for the Arundel Alternative.

Make your voice heard

Complete Highways England’s survey by October the 24th

Our guide to the consultation

Read our guide to to completing Highways England’s survey