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Steve Brine, MP for Winchester and Chandler's Ford, says the new scheme is very important for the region.
Nick Clegg says the Government's £15 billionn funding for road improvements is a "big moment" for the UK that will help "rebalance" the economy.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast, the Deputy Prime Minister said:
The Department for Transport have today announced plans for investment in the Strategic Road Network.
This includes plans for schemes along the A27: east of Lewes, at Worthing and at Arundel.
All pass within or would be close to the National Park boundary.
Andrew Lee, Director of Strategy and Partnerships for the South Downs National Park, said:
“There are strong protagonists for and against these proposals and it is for the Government to take a view on whether, taking into account all social, environmental and economic factors, any or all of the schemes should go ahead.
"In doing this the potential impacts upon the special qualities of the South Downs National Park are a crucial issue and are our primary concern.
“The SDNPA will therefore be looking for evidence in any route options that may be brought forward in future that there are no other more sustainable transport measures which would have a lesser negative impact; robust data on the nature and scale of the impacts on the National Park that would arise; and detail on how they would be mitigated or compensated for, bearing in mind that this is a nationally designated landscape.”
The Green party has criticised the Government's plans for £15bn in Britian's road network.
Local transport spokeswoman Caroline Russell said building more roads was "short-sighted" and would lead to more traffic.
Michael Dugher MP, Labour’s shadow transport secretary, said:
Simon Kirby, MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven and Chair of the A27 Reference Group which lobbied the Government for funding said: “Today’s announcement is great news and will make a real difference for businesses and residents here in East Sussex.
"I lobbied the Government repeatedly on this issue and I am delighted that this work will result in a huge boost to the local economy here in our area.
"I am also hopeful these improvements will ease the burden on other roads in my constituency like the A259.”
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is visiting the A303 at Stonehenge in Wiltshire this morning.
He is unveiling more than 80 new road schemes which will see £350 million of improvements aimed at cutting congestion.
The Road Haulage Association has welcomed the Government’s announcement to invest £15 billion to increase the capacity and condition of England’s roads.
However, it maintains that without the comparatively minimal sum of £150m to train desperately needed truck drivers it will not be the UK’s hauliers that benefit from the improvements but those based in continental Europe and conducting business in the UK.
Commenting, RHA Chief Executive Richard Burnett said: “For those operating in the road transport and logistics sector, time is money.
"Ours is an industry that is time critical and today’s announcement will come as good news to UK hauliers.
"The plans to tackle congestion and fix some of the most notorious and longstanding problem areas on the network are particularly welcome."
Motoring groups have welcomed the Government's road plans which they hope will end "the stop-start mess experienced over the last few decades".
AA president Edmund King said:
RAC Foundation director Professor Stephen Glaister said:
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The Chancellor's recent spending announcements may be designed to sweeten up voters ahead of bad news on the public finances.
More than 80 new road schemes have been announced by the Government as it outlined how it would spend an already-promised £15bn.