Councillors make their recommendations on A27 improvement options

Chichester District councillors have voted to give qualified support to Option 2 following a debate on the various schemes put forward by Highways England for the A27 Chichester Bypass Improvement Scheme.

At the Full Council meeting on 20 September an alternative proposal was put forward to not support any of the current options but it was not supported.

Instead the majority of Councillors supported a motion which advised Highways England "that the Council is only minded to support Option 2, provided that Highways England gives serious consideration to the following:

 

 

 

  • strategic improvements to the Portfield roundabout to increase east-west capacity, possibly including an eastbound flyover only for cars and light vans using the A27;
  • the provision of good access for traffic going from the B2145 to the east of Chichester without impeding through east-west traffic (possibly by a slip road from the Whyke Road flyover down to the A27 or a right turn from the flyover down to the A27);
  • the reduction of the length of the Stockbridge Link Road, either to only a section from the A286 to the Fishbourne roundabout or to the two sections from the B2201 via the A286 to the Fishbourne roundabout;
  • the provision of safe, segregated crossings of the A27 for cyclists and pedestrians at the Bognor Road, Whyke Road, Stockbridge Road and Fishbourne Roundabout junctions;
  • the installation of noise abatement screens on the flyovers;
  • the examination of the scope for lowering the roundabouts and flyovers at the Bognor Road and, especially, Fishbourne junctions to reduce visual impact; and
  • the use of Highways England's Designated Fund to finance the mitigation measures listed above.

Councillors also voted in favour of a second proposal requesting the Secretary of State for Transport to provide a detailed justification for discounting the previously prepared two offline routes to the north of the city.

The public consultation closed on 22 September following which the Secretary of State for Transport is expected to announce a preferred route.