Further to your report (A27 improvements feasible, Government says) there’s news that the Government has now decided to upgrade the A27 and all trunk roads to the European ‘Expressway’ standard.
The announcement reported the Expressway would be like a mini motorway with no roundabouts or traffic lights, speeds could be up to 115kph. Sir Peter Bottomley to his credit, when interviewed by the BBC, confirmed that such a scheme was being discussed (was it discussed at the high level meeting in Littlehampton Tuesday?) for the present route through Worthing, but wouldn’t be drawn that it would be a four-lane dual carriageway.
No-doubt an Expressway would please West Sussex County Council, the business community, many local councillors and MPs, but bring horror to those close to such a road.
Yes, there’s congestion at commuter times, but where is the road that flows freely at those times?
Just imagine if a four-lane dual carriageway were to be built through Worthing. At least 200 homes would be blighted or demolished. Imagine the cost not only in terms of house values but the emotional turmoil and even the cost of setting up a new home.
The Government and the taxpayer could face a blight bill in excess of £60,000,000, and then there’s the bill for the road itself to pay.
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