Anger after A27 revamp plans are scaled back

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HIGHWAY bosses have been accused of scaling back plans to upgrade the A27.

Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie said the latest figure for the work of between £122m and £181m is ‘far lower’ than the figure Highways England gave to councillors only recently.

In a letter to Andrew Jones MP, parliamentary under-secretary of state, Mr Tyrie said: ‘These figures are far lower than the costs mentioned by Mott MacDonald and Highways England in discussion with Chichester District Council.

‘As far as I am aware, £181m would fund only so-called “hamburger” junctions, each with a new road section through each roundabout for through traffic, and new traffic light arrays.

‘It would not fund flyovers.’

Plans for a bypass north of Chichester have now been dropped.

Instead of a new northern expressway through Lavant, or a partial southern route through Oving, only options for upgrading four roundabouts on the existing stretch will go to public consultation.