Transport minister visits A27 to see traffic blackspots first hand

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A GOVERNMENT transport minister experienced for himself the congestion on the A27.

Mike Penning, the under-secretary of state for transport, visited Chichester yesterday and was driven along the road so he could see for himself the traffic problems.

He had been invited by West Sussex County Council.

Councillor Lionel Barnard, who is in charge of transport in West Sussex, said: ‘I am pleased the minister could see for himself the problems that many of us encounter on a daily basis.

‘The Department for Transport said in October it would continue working on plans for an A27 Chichester bypass with the aim of starting construction after 2015. However, we know that there are real problems being experienced in other stretches of this road and we will continue to push for improvements there too.’