THE LACK OF DECISION BY THE GOVERNMENT ON THE A27 IS CRUCIAL TO THE EFFECTIVENESS AND SAFETY OF THE ENTIRE AREA
UN: IMPORTANCE OF INFRASTRUCTURE TO DEVELOPMENT
The paper began by stating that “the development of infrastructure networks is intimately connected with the process of economic growth”.
21st May 2001
A27 - HIGHWAYS ENGLAND
Considering the confirmed local plan developments, the traffic model developed for this scheme has identified a traffic demand increase of 25% in the study area by 2035 over the 2014 Base Year. However, changes on the Bypass links are much lower due to capacity constraint through all of the junctions on the Bypass. This in turn increases congestion on the surrounding local road network.
None of Highways England calculations take in to account the huge increase to local traffic during the summer months.
By not making the A27 part of the new infrastructure finance grant, the traffic growth as a result of the enforced developments will jeopardise the health and safety of all the communities who are forced to use this
Strategic Highway as a local road.
The only way to safeguard the local character, culture, setting, protected areas, and wellbeing of communities would be to build a new bypass for through traffic on the preferred Northern route.
Roads and railways are the lifeblood of a functioning and efficient society, in 2017, 327.1 billion miles were travelled on British roads and in the financial year 2017-18, 2.13 billion passengers used the UK’s railways.
Yet construction output on the road network has dropped by £2 per person over the last 20 years.
Scope Consultants 29th Nov 2018
TSE Research Survey on the worst things about the City the highest quote was the heavy traffic/traffic congestion around the City and on the A27.
A27 - HIGHWAYS ENGLAND CHICHESTER BYPASS
‘Highways England recognise as a priority the improvements needed to road infrastructure facilitating the east-west movement along the A27 corridor through the region, in order to improve reliability and safety and increase the competitiveness of local businesses and attract investment.’
A27 CHICHESTER BY-PASS
This should be re assigned as a ‘strategic’ road and given over to the responsibility of Highways England. All options should be restored for public consultation. A key requirement would be to allow the uninterrupted flow of heavy through traffic which is growing year on year. Every incident or accident has a huge knock on effect on all adjoining roads and throughout the city.
The A259 takes traffic along the western corridor from the City of Chichester.
It is the northern border of the AONB of Chichester Harbour.
This road acts as a funnel to access the A27 from the communities south of the A27. Traffic from the west as far as Emsworth use it to access the city. All this traffic has to negotiate the Fishbourne roundabout- already established as one of the most polluted and dangerous on the A27, in order to either gain access to the A27 or the city. This road has already been identified as the most dangerous locally. All these developments will add a possible extra 25,000 vehicles on a daily basis endangering further the lives of cyclists.
The A286 takes all the traffic to the west of the Manhood Peninsula ending at the sea.
This road suffers tail backs and pollution at Stockbridge roundabout and it too has already broken national levels of pollution. The communities who live on the Peninsula are forced to go across the A27 to gain access to their city with its amenities including schools and hospitals.
The B2145 takes all the traffic to the south of the Manhood Peninsula ending at Selsey. It too has no where to go as it
ends at the sea. It joins the A286 and is forced to use the Stockbridge roundabout to cross the A27.
These developments will add approximately 25,000 extra vehicles on a daily basis.
This is in addition to the huge influx of visitor traffic throughout the year.
This is in addition to the thousands of cars that visit West Wittering beach.
This places yet more pressure on existing inadequate roads often leading to total grid lock.
The growing numbers using these roads on a daily basis jeopardises local communities who rely upon public transport
and hinders the emergency services.