Six new options for an Arundel A27 bypass have been unveiled by Highways England.
The government body has revealed its latest choices for the £100m-250m scheme to solve one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in south-east England.
The road is currently the only single-carriageway section of the A27 between Worthing and the New Forest.
Each of the six routes includes creating a new dual-carriageway to join up the existing sections of dual-carriageway either side of Arundel.
A public consultation on the schemes started last Friday. It will continue until October 24.
Jason Hones, Highways England A27 Arundel Bypass programme leader, said:
“These plans…will improve journeys for thousands of drivers on the A27, not only in and around Arundel but along the whole south coast.
“I encourage anyone with an interest in the A27 and Arundel to get involved in this consultation – whether they’re commuters, residents or visitors to the area for leisure.
“Their input will be vital in finding the right balance going forward.
“Arundel has a unique cultural heritage and is surrounded by precious special environments, which are rightly protected. We have assessed all the viable options in greater detail than before so that people can see and understand all the factors and help us decide which one strikes the right balance.”
The plans also include a mix of improvements along the existing road and other new sections south of the town.
The current consultation includes updates to all three routes which were consulted on two years ago.
All the latest options feature a new bridge spanning the River Arun and a bridge over the railway line as well as a new junction at Crossbush. They are:
Cyan – improvements mostly along the route of the existing A27 plus about 4.5km of new dual-carriageway from Crossbush to the west of Arundel
Beige – improvements mostly along the existing route plus about 4.5km of new dual-carriageway from Crossbush to west of Arunde;
Crimson – about 6km of new dual-carriageway south of the existing A27, between Crossbush junction and a new junction at Havenwood Park
Magenta – about 7.2m of new dual-carriageway south of the existing A27 from Crossbush junction to just west of Yapton Lane, plus a new bridge over Binsted Rife
Amber – about 6.9km of new dual-carriageway south of the existing A27, starting at Crossbush junction and ending just west of Yapton Lane, plus a new bridge over Binsted Rife
Grey – about 8km of new dual-carriageway south of the existing A27, from Crossbush to Fontwell roundabout, plus a new bridge over Binsted Rife
Highways England has started to hold ten information events about the plans. Visit: gov.uk for more details.