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CAMPAIGNERS have taken their fight to improve the A27 to Westminster.

The leader of West Sussex County Council, Louise Goldsmith, and local MPs met with transport minister Patrick McCloughlin to make the case for improvements to the south coast route.

The meeting comes just weeks before an official announcement is expected from the government about what roads will receive funding for improvements.

Prime minister David Cameron gave his largest hint to date that the A27 would be part of a £15bn package of road improvements earlier this month.

Written material accompanying his speech to the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference mentioned the A27 would be included as part of a nationwide initiative.

The county council has spearheaded a campaign for improvements to the congested trunk road with support from local MPs, businesses and district and borough councils.

The campaign is calling for better junctions at Chichester, Fontwell and Brighton and an Arundel bypass to speed up the flow of traffic.

Cllr Goldsmith said: ‘It was a good meeting with the minister.

‘We’re coming ever closer to the time when the government will make its decision and we will continue to make our case for the A27 to be on that list right up until that announcement.’

The announcement on funding is expected in early December.