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A27 bypass options would impact on ancient woodland

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ITV News can reveal how a new bypass for Arundel would cut through ancient woodland and part of the South Downs.

These impressions from Highways England have appeared online. Two out of three options would affect Binstead.

Highways England is consulting on the £260 million schemes.

Campaigners say it would destroy a large part of historic Sussex and threaten Newbury bypass style protests if it's given the go-ahead.

  • Option 1:

  • A new dual-carriageway from Crossbush junction, passing to the south west of Arundel railway station, re-joining the existing A27 east of Ford Road, which will be widened to a dual carriageway. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path from Crossbush junction.

  • Option 3:

  • A new dual-carriageway from Crossbush junction, south of the current A27, rejoining the A27 at a new junction near Havenwood Park. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path between Crossbush junction and Yapton Lane.

  • Option 5A:

  • A new dual-carriageway following the same route as option 3 between Crossbush junction and Ford Road. From Ford Road the route continues west passing between the South Downs National Park and Binsted Woods, re-joining the existing A27 at a new junction near Yapton Lane. This option also includes improvements at Crossbush junction, new bridges over the railway line and the River Arun and a new pedestrian/cycle path between Crossbush junction and Yapton Lane.

A public consultation on the proposals starts runs until 16 October.

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A27 reopened at Lewes after waste fire

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The A27 is now reopened at Lewes after a fire at a recycling plant.

Around 40 firefighters were sent to the blaze at Greystone Quarry in Southerham just after 7pm yesterday where 200 tonnes of scrap metal was alight.

Drivers are advised to keep windows closed when passing the scene.

Diversions in place for A27 traffic after waste fire

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Firefighters are still at the scene of a fire at a recycling plant in Lewes.

The A27 will remain closed in both directions during rush hour.

Around 40 firefighters were sent to the blaze at Greystone Quarry in Southerham just after 7pm yesterday where 200 tonnes of scrap metal was alight.

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The diversion for eastbound traffic is via the A26 northbound to the junction with the A22, then the A22 southbound to rejoin the A27."

"The diversion for westbound traffic is via the A26 southbound to the junction with the A259, then the A259 westbound to the junction with the A23, then the A23 northbound via London Road to rejoin the A27."

– Highways England
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Family tribute to motorcyclist who died after A27 crash

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The family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision with a car on the A27 have paid tribute to him.

51-year-old Mark Copley, of Cherry Tree Walk in Basingstoke was injured in the accident on 30th April. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he died on 10 May. In tribute to him, Mr Copley's family said: “He was a loving husband and a great dad, who will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.”

The accident happened on the eastbound carriageway of the A27 at Portsmouth, just after 12.10pm on 30th April.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team. A 32-year-old man from Havant was arrested in connection with the incident and was released pending further enquiries. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Police by telephoning 101, quoting 44170160985, or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Portsmouth: A27 due to reopen at 5pm after serious road crash

Hampshire Police say a motorcyclist is in a critical condition in hospital following an accident which has closed the eastbound A27 for several hours.

They've confirmed the collision involved two vehicles, one of which was a motorcycle.

There were no other injuries.

The road closures remain in place at this time and police are working to have the routes reopened by 5pm.

Huge delays on A27 after pedestrian hit by car

Investigators at the scene

Long delays remain around the A27 in Lancing after the road was closed following a serious accident.

A pedestrian suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car on the eastbound carriageway.

It happened 500m east of the Lancing Manor roundabout and led to the A27 being closed to eastbound traffic between the roundabout and the A283 Steyning interchange.

Motorists have been being diverted via the A2025 Grinstead Lane to join the A259 Brighton Road at South Lancing, crossing the River Adur before returning to the A27 via the A283 Old Shoreham Road/Steyning Road.

It has led to heavy congestion, with some drivers saying it's added three or four hours to their journey time

Latest reports suggest there are now half-hour delays for motorists as police continue their investigations.

The eastbound carriageway has remained closed this morning

The Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance flew to the scene following the incident just after 6am this morning. The condition of the pedestrian has not been released. There are no reports of any arrest.

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