A27 Summit for councils and businesses in West Sussex

A SUMMIT for councils and businesses in West Sussex is being staged this week – to keep up pressure for improvements to the congested A27.

The meeting, which will be chaired by MP Nick Herbert, will have two key aims:

-To examine new funding sources now available from both the public and private sector.

- Prepare a case for improvements to coincide with the government’s review of its strategic road network.

The meeting, on Friday, May 27, at Arun District Council offices, Littlehampton, between 1pm-2.30pm, will be attended by representatives of West Sussex County Council, Arun District Council, Arundel Town Council, Horsham District Council and Sussex Enterprise.

Earlier this year, Mike Penning, under-secretary of state for transport, was driven along the road so he could see for himself the problem areas at Worthing, Arundel and Chichester.

He was accompanied by county council deputy leader Lionel Barnard, who is responsible for highways and transport.

This was followed by a delegation of MPs, local council members and business representatives meeting Philip Hammond, the transport secretary.

MrBarnard said: “The Department for Transport said in October last year it would continue working on plans for an A27 Chichester bypass with the aim of starting construction after 2015.

“But there are real problems being experienced in other stretches of this road – particularly at Arundel and Worthing – which is why we are holding this summit.

“It underlines our determination to keep up the pressure on government.”