Nick has campaigned strongly for an Arundel bypass to deliver relief from the congestion on the A27 and from rat-running of traffic through Downland villages. A bypass at Arundel was originally approved by the Conservative Government in 1986 but was subsequently shelved by the Labour Government in 2003. Decades later, with more housing being built, the need for a solution is ever-more pressing. Nick lobbied hard for the bypass, winning the Government’s announcement of the scheme together with funding of up to £250 million in December 2014.
Highways England consulted on three route options last year, and although Nick's original preference was for Option 3 which followed the previously agreed pink/purple route, he supported the Option 5a preferred route when it was announced by Highways England in May 2018. This would have delivered an offline bypass from Crossbush, across the River Arun, to rejoin the A27 at Yapton Lane.
Following judicial review, and the discovery of new environmental information, Highways England announced in October 2018 that it would consult further on routes. This consultation was launched in August 2019. The construction start date, initially scheduled for mid-2020, will be delayed until 2022-23 .
More information on the proposed upgrade scheme can be found on the Highways England website, here.