Arundel Bypass – Construction of the £250m Arundel bypass in West Sussex remains on course to start in 2020 now that Highways England has published its chosen route.
The scheme is controversial because of its potential impact on the South Downs.
Highhways England said that its preferred route– a variation of Option 5a put forward at last year’s consultation – “strikes the right balance between creating vital new road capacity and protecting the special environment and cultural heritage in and around Arundel”.
The consultation ran for eight weeks last year. 2,062 people attended the exhibitions, with nearly 3,000 people completing a questionnaire. More than 7,000 responses were received by email or letter. 79% of people who responded trough the questionnaire agreed that improvements are needed, with 48% supporting Option 5a – more than either of the alternatives.