Local (A27) Studies

There have been a number of studies carried out on the A27, some more robust than others.

Build a Better A27 (Chichester)

Following the Government decision to cancel the Chichester upgrade in March 2017, West Sussex County Council set up a series of local community meetings to supposedly try and build consensus around a solution to the A27.  Unfortunately, what started out as potentially promising process quickly went downhill when it was clear that they weren’t really interested in sustainable transport options, only new roads.  The report they commissioned from consultants fudged the outcome proposing both a northern bypass with mitigation and an online upgrade of the existing southern route, while completely sidelining walking, cycling and public transport.

Chichester-A27-SYSTRA-Situation-Summary-Assessment-and-Recommendations-S...  Build a Better A27 (May 2018)

A27 Southerham to Beddingham Post Opening Project Evaluation

This report is the 5 year Post Opening Project Evaluation (POPE) report on the changes to the A27 between Southerham and Beddingham which most significantly included putting the A27 on a bridge over the coastal railway line and removal of the level crossing.  It was produced by the Highways Agency, now Highways England.


Summary document


Full report






A27 Route Strategy

This route strategy was commissioned by West Sussex County Council at the end of 2012 contains information and plans for online improvements along the A27 which would deliver improved journey times and reliability along with other benefits.  The final report was published in July 2013.

It offered a realistic set of short-term, affordable proposals for key junctions at Chichester, Arundel, Worthing and Lancing, but has not been progressed further since the Government announced that the A27 would be the subject of a corridor feasibility study (the current process underway).

A27 Arundel Bypass Wider Economic Impact Study


This report was published in March 2013 by Parsons Brinckerhoff and was commissioned by Arun District Council, Horsham District Council and West Sussex County Council.  It includes some interesting comments about the A27 facilitating more residential and retail development, i.e. more out of town development which, like Lyons Farm in Worthing will rapidly help clog the road up.

South Coast Multi-Modal Study (SoCoMMS)

Executive Summary

Final report

Public transport development plans

Area development plans

If you have any problems downlaoding any of these documents, visit the SoCoMMS website direct