Businesses urged to sign up to campaign to improve A27

Councillor Roy Perry, leader of Hampshire County Council

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BUSINESSES badly affected by congestion along the A27 have been adding their weight to the campaign to improve it.

The A27 Action campaign – launched a fortnight ago – has already won plenty of support from businesses of all different sizes.

Evidence has been flooding in from firms voicing their frustrations about how traffic jams affect their trade.

They have completed the 10-minute online survey at to help the campaign present its case for investment to the government.

Councillor Louise Goldsmith, leader of Chichester-based West Sussex County Council, said: ‘We really want to encourage businesses to take the time to fill in this survey.

‘The more examples we can show of how the A27 restricts our local economy from growing, the stronger our case to lobby the government.’

Evidence from businesses will continue to be gathered by the council during July and August, with help from business networks, before a business case is handed to the government in the autumn.

The A27 is one of six routes in England being considered for investment by the government.

The chancellor will announce which of the six schemes are still in the running for investment in his autumn statement.

If the A27 is on the shortlist, the government is expected to indicate what the preferred route for any improvements will look like and how much it would cost.