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Arundel A27 bypass route suggested by WSCC”

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Dear West Sussex County Council,

In the Highways Agency Arundel A27 Bypass consultation there is a section titled “Traffic Forecasting Report”

In it, on page 13, para 1.3.3, it says that Option 1 “incorporates the route suggested by WSCC”

Please can you give me all correspondence relating to that route suggested

Yours faithfully,

Cllr Paul Dendle
Arundel & Walberton Ward

Freedom of Information Act, West Sussex County Council

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Yours sincerely,

Kerry Rickman

Freedom Of Information, Communities Directorate | West Sussex County Council | Location: County Hall, Chichester PO19 1RQ | E-mail: [email address]

CI Group FOI, West Sussex County Council

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Dear Cllr Dendle

I refer to your request dated 04th September 2017 which has been dealt with under the EIR

You request related to A27 bypass route suggested by West Sussex CC.

We have now completed a search for the information which you requested and confirm that this Authority holds some data relevant to your request.
I am now able to respond to you with the following:

Following a search of our records, we can find no correspondence requesting consideration of a particular route for the A27 Arundel Bypass. The County Council had no input into the Traffic Forecasting Report and suggest this enquiry should be directed to Highways England.

Having reviewed Highways England's Traffic Forecasting Report, we consider that the statement in paragraph 1.3.3 could possibly relate to the A27 Route Strategy (attached) developed by West Sussex County Council in 2013. This report was available on the County Council website for a number of years and may have been used by Highways England as part of the scheme development process.

The A27 Route Strategy is a technical report produced by consultants working on behalf of the County Council to identify options that could be delivered in the short term in the absence (at that time) of central Government investment. The scope of the Route Strategy specifically excluded 'off-line' route options, as when it was produced there was no realistic prospect of delivering such improvements. The Route Strategy concluded that the benefits of the proposed junction improvements at Arundel were unclear. This work was superseded by the Department for Transport's A27 Corridor Feasibility Study (2015) and the Roads Investment Strategy (2015-20) (RIS1) that includes a commitment to improve the A27 at Arundel.

The County Council have welcomed the current consultation on options by Highways England and also expressed a desire to consider the options and the available technical evidence on the options for A27 Arundel before drawing any conclusions. The County Council is preparing to respond to Highways England's consultation on options and a draft Consultation Response will be scrutinised by the Environmental and Community Services Select Committee at its meeting on 28 September 2017.

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