Local Councillors united on Arundel Bypass route

Local Arundel Councillors representing both Arun District Council and West Sussex County Council have all united to support the Magenta route for the A27 Arundel Bypass in the latest consultation being carried out by Highways England.   The consultation, which is currently taking place until the 24th October, is being re-run after the result of the previous consultation faced a judicial review of the process. This has led to construction of the bypass delayed from Spring 2020 to late 2022.   Six different route options for the bypass have been included in the latest consultation, including two online routes and four offline routes, however, Arundel Town Council as well as the OneArundel group have both already ruled out the two online routes which do not bypass the town but instead follow the current route of the A27 cutting through the town of Arundel.   West Sussex County Councillor, Gary Markwell, who represents Arundel & Courtwick division, said “Having spoken to many local residents there is a clear majority who believe the bypass must be just that, a bypass of the town of Arundel. Local residents do not want a new dual carriageway cutting through the middle of their town”.   “Having sought reassurances from Highways England that all of the route options being consulted on are financial viable, I believe the best route for local residents to get behind to ensure a real bypass is actually built is the magenta route”.   Arun District Councillor Grant Roberts added “I have been intensely pushing Highways England to clarify ambiguities over viability and affordability. Whilst I believe that the Crimson route could have potentially received the widest support, I have concluded that the likelihood of it receiving planning permission is extremely low. Given that, and whilst looking for the “least worst option”, I therefore determine, on balance, that Magenta should be supported to become the preferred route”.