A27: Worthing and Lancing

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 9:30 am on 5 March 2015.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham 9:30, 5 March 2015

What recent progress has been made on the proposed improvements to the A27 between Worthing and Lancing.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

Prior to the announcement of the road investment strategy in December 2014, I had the joy of touring the A27. Since then, the Highways Agency has started to realise our commitment to improve that road at Worthing and Lancing. To date, agency officers have held initial meetings with key stakeholders and begun work on the detailed traffic models required for this exciting scheme’s development.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Conservative, East Worthing and Shoreham

The Minister will recall that there was dancing in the streets back in December when the Secretary of State announced the enhancements to the A27 around Arundel and Worthing. That dancing has subsided a little as the feasibility studies go on. Will he update the House on progress, on when we will hear further news about the likely work, and on the possibility of including some tolling at pinch points and flyovers, including on the old Roman bit?

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

It has been said, Mr Speaker, that I never disappoint, but I do sometimes surprise. I am delighted, therefore, to tell my hon. Friend that I will not merely update him on progress but can reveal that we will publish the feasibility study, a result of his efforts and our endeavour, immediately. I will let him have this report, which details exactly how we intend to move forward, shaped and informed by his efforts and those of his friends.