A27 Chichester Improvement

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Scheme details

Upgrade to existing road for use by all traffic
£ 120-250m
Highways England
Region: South East
Central Government
5 km
3 miles

Upgrade of the current A27 Chichester Bypass, which suffers from chronic congestion and unreliable journey times. The existing road has five roundabouts and one signalised junction, and is one of the major barriers to the provision of a free-flowing route along the south coast.

Highways England have refined the possible options to three proposals, and a preferred scheme will then be selected from these three as part of a public consultation in spring 2016.

Options being considered at the outset included junction improvements on the existing bypass, including some grade separation, and a new bypass to the north of the city.

In early March 2017, it was announced that none of the options had found favour in the consultation, with almost half the respondents - an astonishing proportion - adding written submissions to demand a northern bypass, which had been ruled out before the consultation started. The scheme has been cancelled.


9 May 2016 The consultation has been delayed until Summer 2016 as Highways England are apparently having problems identifying and finalising their options.
15 July 2016 Highways England published the consultation on 14 July detailing the five options they are looking at. Further information is available on the Highways England website: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a27-chichester-bypass-improvement-scheme
1 March 2017 Following consultation, there was opposition to all options by the local councils and others. The Secretary of State for Transport has decided to cancel the scheme altogether.

More information

Official website
Highways England: A27 Chichester Improvement

With thanks to Jonathan Baker and Chris Jones for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 8 March 2017.