Green Party rejects all Arundel A27 options

8 September 2019

Members of the local Green Party have reacted in dismay to the latest Highways England (HE) proposals for the A27 at Arundel. 

Commenting on the decision to colour-code the proposed new bypass routes, Arun Co-ordinator Carol Birch said,‘It is just as well they did not make the error of calling any of the options Green’.

‘We are deeply disappointed that the Government has not started to act to  fulfil their climate change obligations after parliament declared a Climate Emergency earlier this year. HE has been told to design the project without taking into account the serious implications it will have for carbon emissions in the South East. The argument that building a bypass will move cars from other roads to this one is beside the point – clearly we should no longer be building large new roads, but investing instead in public transport that is fit for purpose to take cars off the roads altogether.’

Faye Catterson, Green District Councillor for Arundel said, ‘I cannot believe HE has chosen to make the two short options through Arundel 70mph dual-carriageway roads. Especially as these are the only two that are within the proposed budget. This is bad news for Arundel, and all the other routes are bad news for the communities south of the woodland’. 

Isabel Thurston, Green District Councillor for Barnham, added: ‘If any of these roads get built, those responsible should be ashamed of the legacy they will be leaving for the coming generations. They will have chosen to destroy the only ancient woodland left to the south of the current A27, with a huge impact on precious wildlife including rare mammals such as voles, dormice and bats as well as a huge diversity of insect and plant life. ‘

The Green Party believes that over the coming decades, people will drive less and not more. For this reason, they would support the locally proposed short 40 mph bypass route; this was rejected by HE due to forecasts predicting it would be at capacity by 2040. Not so, say the Greens, as by then any responsible government will have revolutionised public transport as the only way to get people around and meet our climate emissions targets. However, Carol Birch said, ‘This action should start right now, and the Green Party have many practical ideas about how this can be done in Arun.’

Members of the local Green Party have reacted in dismay to the latest Highways England proposals for the A27 at Arundel. 

Commenting on the decision to colour-code the proposed new bypass routes, Arun Co-ordinator Carol Birch said,‘It is just as well they did not make the error of calling any of the options Green’.

‘We are deeply disappointed that the Government has not started to act to  fulfil their climate change obligations after parliament declared a Climate Emergency earlier this year. HE has been told to design the project without taking into account the serious implications it will have for carbon emissions in the South East. The argument that building a bypass will move cars from other roads to this one is beside the point – clearly we should no longer be building large new roads, but investing instead in public transport that is fit for purpose to take cars off the roads altogether.’

Faye Catterson, Green District Councillor for Arundel said, ‘I cannot believe HE has chosen to make the two short options through Arundel 70mph dual-carriageway roads. Especially as these are the only two that are within the proposed budget. This is bad news for Arundel, and all the other routes are bad news for the communities south of the woodland’. 

Isabel Thurston, Green District Councillor for Barnham, added: ‘If any of these roads get built, those responsible should be ashamed of the legacy they will be leaving for the coming generations. They will have chosen to destroy the only ancient woodland left to the south of the current A27, with a huge impact on precious wildlife including rare mammals such as voles, dormice and bats as well as a huge diversity of insect and plant life. ‘

The Green Party believes that over the coming decades, people will drive less and not more. For this reason, they would support the locally proposed short 40 mph bypass route; this was rejected by HE due to forecasts predicting it would be at capacity by 2040. Not so, say the Greens, as by then any responsible government will have revolutionised public transport as the only way to get people around and meet our climate emissions targets. However, Carol Birch said, ‘This action should start right now, and the Green Party have many practical ideas about how this can be done in Arun.’