‘Deafening silence over Chichester A27 challenge’

Much has been written about the A27 Arundel bypass. I have seen no reference this year to the Chichester A27 challenge, writes Graham Duxbury, of Halliwick Gardens, Felpham.

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CHICHESTER WHYKE ROUNDABOUT LOOKING WEST -AERIAL DRONE PICS SUS-161229-121602001

I understand that there may be some high-level Highways England non-process. But the community silence is deafening as the traffic builds and roundabouts from some directions are becoming unnavigable. Let’s not talk about delay to journeys.

There is a link here to residential building. Whilst there is clear concern about building on flood plains, destruction of countryside and demand on schooling, I would suggest the majority of public concern is over impacts on traffic and congestion.

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If the road system were capable of carrying the additional residential traffic, plus rising through traffic, I bet there would be much less opposition to housing schemes.

Finally, having caught up with the recent accident at the Comet junction and the unacceptable answer that nothing will be done until 2023, can I suggest a simple interim fix?

Slow the traffic down either side of the junction(s) on the A259 to 30 mph with strict guidance. Then the gaps in traffic will provide more thinking time, more leeway and reduce potential impact damage. Cost? Signage on the A259. Time? Six months.