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Greens warn Arundel bypass plan could be ‘next Twyford Down’

Words: Huw Morris

Campaigners are warning the government that plans for a bypass for the A27 at Arundel could be the ‘next Twyford Down’.

Highways England finished its consultation on three options for the bypass this week, which would link dual carriageway sections of the A27 either side of Arundel. The bypass aims to meet expected growth along the wider A27 corridor.

Nine campaign groups with a combined support of three million people warn all the options would have a “devastating impact” on the South Downs National Park, the Arun Valley and ancient woodland.

In a joint letter to transport secretary Chris Grayling, they claim the plans have “all the elements of being a modern day Twyford Down”, the highly controversial extension to the M3 some 20 years ago.

West Sussex County Council this week chose an option which would run from Crossbush Junction and reconnect with the A27 north of Walberton. It  admitted this route would have a “significant impact on the South Downs National Park and its setting" and added it should be accompanied by a package of environmental mitigation measures.

The nine campaign groups are the Campaign for Better Transport, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Campaign for National Parks, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Open Spaces Society, RSPB, Wildlife Trusts and Woodland Trust.

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