For many years I have been a supporter of the pink/blue route (now option 3) for an Arundel bypass – until now!
I have always seen an Arundel bypass as ‘enabling infrastructure’ to enable the delivery of government housing and employment policies in the Arun district and, in particular, to assist the regeneration of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
The current proposals do little to contribute to this. Through traffic will benefit and Arundel will benefit, but are the more expensive off line options justifiable given that they offer little benefit to the wider district?
The exclusion of a grade separated junction on the Ford Road eliminates any opportunity to link Bognor Regis to the strategic road network (SRN) in the east (the A27 and A24) by creating a link road from the accident black spot at Comet Corner, bridging the railway line near Ford, and linking to the Arundel Bypass. Bognor Regis traffic to/from the east will still have to travel through Littlehampton. The proposed Lyminster Bypass will be under pressure from the outset.
It also ensures that Ford Airfield cannot be developed to its full potential, which means that all other communities in the district must suffer the housing pressure, while Arundel takes the infrastructure improvement.
ADC has ‘planned’ most of its strategic housing development to the south and south east of Chichester – at Bersted, Pagham, and Barnham, Eastergate and Westergate, with only a relatively modest number of houses at Ford.
If the proposed Arundel Bypass contributes little or nothing to the delivery of government housing and employment policy, then can an investment of £250m be justified for a small town of only 3,400 inhabitants? At the same time, it is increasingly clear that solutions at Chichester and Worthing are underfunded.
Tony Dixon, Westergate