A27 Chichester bypass
The A27 Chichester bypass scheme is being developed to improve safety for all road users, including cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. Our proposals will also seek to reduce congestion and create better connectivity. We also recognise the need to protect the environment and biodiversity.
The A27 Chichester bypass improvements project is one of 32 pipeline schemes being considered for possible inclusion in the third Road Investment Strategy (RIS3). This means there is no current commitment to carry out these proposals and it will be the government who will make any final decisions.
Whilst there have been attempts to improve the Chichester bypass in previous years, with a public consultation taking place back in 2016. The scheme was cancelled by the former Secretary of State for Transport, Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP. The primary reason for the cancellation was due to there being no preferred route identified by those who provided feedback in the consultation.
We are now revisiting and assessing potential options to improve the A27 Chichester bypass as it continues to suffer from high accident rates, daily congestion, and extensive queuing at most of the junctions along this 5km stretch of road. With traffic due to increase by 24% by 2035 this situation will consistently worsen if there is no intervention.
The proposed A27 Chichester bypass improvement scheme aims to:
Improve safety for all
Improve road safety, as well as provide and maintain safe access for pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders.
Reduce congestion and deliver more reliable journeys
By improving capacity, traffic will flow better and deliver more reliable journeys.
Boost economic growth
With better connectivity to and from Chichester, we hope to improve access into the city and local tourist attractions. Providing easier access to jobs, education and other local facilities.
Care for the surrounding environment
Reduce or eliminate environmental impacts where possible and look for opportunities to enhance the surrounding environment.