Anger after A27 revamp plans are scaled back

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.

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‘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.