People’s views will be sought on plan to improve A27

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SIX-week public consultations on proposals to improve the A27 in West Sussex will be held next spring, Highways England has confirmed.

Among the options being considered is a northern bypass.

Members of the public will be asked to give their views on the final options.

A spokesman for Highways England said: ‘We are currently reviewing the options for improving the A27.

‘We are working with key stakeholders and those most likely to be impacted by proposals to make sure the options we present provide the best range of solutions for the scheme.

‘We will be launching a six-week long public consultation on the final options in spring 2016.’

There will be a number of public information exhibitions where people will be able to see the route options in full.

Campaigners have called the announcement a ‘token gesture’ in response to anger over a potential northern bypass through Lavant, near Chichester.

Jeremy Dry, from Chichester Deserves Better, said: ‘If Highways England thinks it can fob off the people of West Sussex with this it is sorely mistaken.

‘We are pleased it has bowed to intense public pressure enough to announce a six-week consultation, but this is merely a token gesture in response to that anger.

‘Our local politicians, who already know the plans, should be standing up to Highways England and making it clear we do not want to see a northern by-pass.’