A27 Improvement

Overview - Update March 2020

The proposed improvement scheme for the A27 has been a contentious subject amongst constituents. Following the Build a Better A27 groups two options of a mitigated northern option and a mitigated southern option, being rejected by Highways England project funding was lost.  Gillian has been working to get the money back for Chichester. Without funding, no large scale improvements can go ahead therefore it has remained a top priority for our MP. In the short period since her re-election in December 2019, Gillian has held several meetings with the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, the Chief Executive of Highways England, Jim O’Sullivan, and the Road Minister, Baroness Vere, where she made the case for Chichester and its residents.

During the budget in March 2020 the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the largest ever road investment of £27bn. This will include the A27 Chichester bypass which will again be receiving the funding necessary to get the initial A27 improvement scheme up and running again.

In all her meetings with HE, Gillian also asked for reassurances that, unlike previous consultations, the planning process will be transparent and open to community scrutiny. Our MP has been given assurances that HE officers will be on hand to explain reasonings and justifications for design options and choices.

The A27 has been a top priority for Gillian since becoming Chichester’s MP in June 2017. She supported both councils and the community through the Build a Better A27 group and has been raising our need with the Department for Transport from day one in the job.

When Gillian was made aware of the pending announcement she said, “I couldn’t be happier that Chichester’s voice for improvement has been listened to by my colleagues in the Department for Transport.

We all know how desperately we need to improve the current situation on the A27, which is causing worsening air quality and quality of life, as so many of us spend hours sitting in endless traffic jams.

Getting the funding our community needs means we’ve passed the first hurdle. It is now up to the community and local authorities to reengage in this process, with Highways England, to find a solution that is affordable, viable and most importantly improves congestion.”

 

News

MP gives hope for A27 funding - Chichester Post

Chichester’s MP has given the city new hope for A27 funding after Wednesday’s budget.

Gillian Keegan is confident she will secure funding for the development of potential schemes for the A27 in the government’s road investment strategy budget two (RIS2) that runs from 2020-2025.

MP driving forward with plans for A27 - Chichester Post

Chichester’s MP has met with the Transport Secretary to get the wheels rolling on the A27.

Gillian Keegan discussed the A27 improvement scheme with the new Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.

Solution is needed to solve A27 congestion - Chichester Observer

Recently I attended a meeting with the new Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps, to discuss the Chichester part of the A27. Sadly, our meeting was cut short as he was needed to help with the emergency repatriation of British citizens following the collapse of Thomas Cook.

A27 Summary update February 2019

Gillian has met with constituents and businesses through the Community Workshop Programme organised by West Sussex County Council and Chichester District Council.

Joint release on the A27 from WSCC, CDC and Chichester MP

Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester, Councillor Tony Dignum, Leader of Chichester District Council, and Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, met last week to discuss how to respond to the disappointing letter received from Highways England.

Open meeting focused on A27 and Brexit - Chichester Observer

The weekend before the meaningful vote I was in West Wittering Village Hall holding an open meeting. The meeting was slightly different to my previous ones as it was dominated almost entirely by two subjects; the A27 and of course Brexit.

Chichester MP holds an open meeting in West Wittering

Gillian Keegan MP held another open meeting at West Wittering Village Hall to take questions from the local community. The meeting was of two halves, with the first hour of questions focusing on the recent news regarding the A27 and the second predominantly on Brexit.

Highways England rejects new A27 options

Options put forward by the Build a Better A27 group to improve the A27 have been rejected by Highways England it has been announced today.