Investment of £20m to reduce A27 congestion

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UP to £20m could be invested by two councils to help speed up traffic bottlenecks on the A27.

West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council have told the government they are willing to consider a contribution of £20m towards bringing about a major improvement scheme for the A27 in Chichester.

Both authorities have written a joint letter to Transport Minister Stephen Hammond.

The letter asks the government to allocate money to develop a Highways Agency scheme which will solve six traffic bottlenecks along the A27 Chichester bypass.

The Chichester scheme, estimated to cost between £71m and £90m, would help stimulate economic growth along the south coast and create 3,000 jobs in Chichester.

Civic leaders say it would make that stretch of the A27 safer and more reliable for local residents and make it easier for businesses to reach customers.

Councillor Louise Goldsmith, leader of West Sussex County Council, said: ‘Addressing the congestion issues along the A27 is absolutely vital for the future of West Sussex’s economy.

‘We hope the Transport Secretary will consider this proposal seriously.’