Groups fear ‘damaging’ A27 plans

CAMPAIGNERS against ‘damaging’ A27 improvements will stage a demonstration at the same time that supporters of the road schemes will be meeting today (Thursday, June 26).

The Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), the Campaign for Better Transport, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Friends of the Earth will hold their protest at Worthing College, alongside the A27, at 4.30pm.

A spokesman for CPRE said the group feared Government proposals, including a bypass at Arundel, could destroy cherished countryside and threaten the South Downs National Park.

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Georgia Wrighton, director of CPRE Sussex, said: “Our CPRE Sussex Countryside Charter calls for positive investment in sustainable transport, prioritising faster and direct access by rail as the responsible way to better connect Sussex. Plans for unnecessarily damaging road expansion on the A27 should be relegated to Government archives where they belong.”

She called for a ‘smarter’ approach, using the latest technology and sustainable design, ‘whether that be for relieving congestion at peak hours, for futureproofed transport infrastructure or keeping business moving online’.