Please write to the email addresses below objecting to the A27 study outcomes and process. The Autumn Statement is on the 3 December 2014 and after that date, it could be too late.
Bullets points to make in letter-writing:
Money to burn – Will waste public money (road building is very expensive and often offers poor value for money)
Hidden costs – Will cost far more than it costs to build (it will increase air and noise pollution, increase carbon emissions, loss of countryside and tranquillity and contribute to more costs for the NHS and society in general) (today’s news that obesity is costing UK economy £47 billion)
Trashing the South Downs – Together, the road schemes will cause massive damage to the South Downs National Park and create pressure for even more to follow (harming this important part of the local economy)
Driving up congestion – Time savings on the A27 will be offset by increasing congestion and delays in our towns and cities (as more people are encouraged to drive)
Local democracy bypassed – There has been no proper public debate about all the options (and based on sound evidence)
Better solutions – Investing in public transport, walking and cycling instead would deliver better value for money (would reduce pressure on the A27, cause little or no harm to the National Park, be healthier, be quicker to implement in many instances and potentially cheaper – the coastal railway is being starved of investment yet runs parallel to the A27, while the coastal plain from Brighton to Hampshire is ideal terrain for Dutch / Danish levels of cycling)