The Treasury this week promised to fund a feasibility study to solve the A27 traffic bottlenecks affecting the Worthing to Lancing corridor.
West Sussex County Council has welcomed the Government’s commitment to improving the A27. It comes after The Treasury announced in the Spending Review plans for £100 billion to be spent on the UK’s infrastructure.
The Treasury has promised to fund – subject to value for money and availability – upgrades to six junctions along the A27 Chichester by-pass between 2015 and 2019.
County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “This is excellent news – it is what we have been pushing for for a long time.
“We have not seen the detail yet of course, but for the first time we have official recognition from the Government about the problems on the A27.
“The Chichester by-pass is mentioned by name and there is a commitment to take forward schemes to improve the six junctions in the 2015 to 2019 spending period, and to investigate the need to do something about Arundel and the Worthing to Lancing corridor.”
Worthing MPs Tim Loughton and Sir Peter Bottomley have expressed delight money for the feasibility study was announced in the Spending Review. Tim Loughton and Peter Bottomley have lobbied the Government for many years to take action and address the huge problems that the A27 causes along the South Coast, especially through Worthing. They recently met the Transport Secretary to put the case to the Government again.
East Worthing & Shoreham MP Tim Loughton said: “I am delighted that our campaigning has paid off and the Government has announced funding for a feasibility study into an A27 bypass. A bypass is desperately needed through Worthing and this is the first step to ending the misery that the A27 currently causes people every day.”
Commenting on the news Jemima Bland, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham, said: “We need a bypass for Worthing and Lancing, not a feasibility study. This is yet another example of Worthing being treated as the ‘Cinderella’ of the South Coast, losing out to her richer neighbours. It high time the Sussex Cinderella gets the investment she truly deserves.”