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A27 developments rejected

PLANS to redevelop the A27 have been scrapped by the Secretary of State for Transport.

 

The sensational news was revealed in a letter sent to Highways England.

 

In it, Chris Grayling said that the lack of support from local council’s led him to make the decision.

 

It comes as the Secretary of State was under a great deal of pressure to reveal the results of the public consultation which took place last summer and completed in September.

 

He said: “We have discussed how best to take forward the A27 Chichester improvement scheme.

 

“Highways England has quite rightly been taking forward the scheme, as set out in the Road Investment Strategy, to upgrade four junctions along the existing route south of Chichester and undertook a consultation last summer.

 

“I have considered all the representations and understand that this is a controversial scheme.

 

“The support and funding contribution by the local authorities are both vital to its successful delivery.

 

“After the withdrawal of support by the local councils for the shortlisted options and significant local campaigns, I am cancelling the scheme.”

 

Mr Grayling has now asked Highways England to publish the results of the consultation for transparency.

 

Andrew Tyrie, Chichester’s MP, who wrote to Chris Grayling two weeks ago to persuade him to move forward with the project, said: “We have to try to persuade the Government eventually to return to this. And before we do so, we have to find a solution that can unite the whole community.

 

“None of Highways England’s schemes could achieve this. So they lost the confidence of the community.

 

“My constituents needed to feel confident that their access to the A27 and to nearby roads would be improved, and that local traffic would not end up diverted into the centre of Chichester, aggravating existing problems.

 

“They did not feel confident about either of these. I made these points, and others, vigorously to the Secretary of State on behalf of many constituents.

 

“But the appalling congestion in and around Chichester will only get worse. And more than £200m of public investment earmarked for the area will now be spent in other parts of the country or handed back to the Treasury.

 

“I’ve been fighting for improvements to the A27 for most of my time as an MP. And I will fight on until we find a solution that works for the whole of my constituency.”

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