The A27 is a major road in
England . It runs from its junction with
the A36 at
Salisbury ) in the county of
It closely parallels the south coast in
Hampshire , then passes
West Sussex and terminates at
Bexhill ) in
East Sussex .
It is one of the westernmost
Zone 2 roads in the UK .
Lewes , it is one of the busiest trunk roads
in the UK.
* 1 History
Shoreham Airshow crash
* 2 Description
* 2.1 Bexhill to Hastings link road
* 2.2 Landmarks on the route
* 3 Proposed developments
* 4 External links
* 5 References
Historically, for longer distance movement along the south coast, the
M25 in combination with the M2, M20, M23 / A23, A3 / A3(M) and M3 has
provided an attractive alternative to the actual south coast route of
A259, A27 and M27. In 2002 an offpeak journey between
Southampton via the M25 took 2 hours 30 minutes, and via the coastal
route using the A259, A27 and M27 took 3 hours 50 minutes. The reason
why the coastal route is so much slower than the M25 alternative is
largely due to a series of bottlenecks on the A27. These include
Worthing and Polegate.
The British government announced, in its 2013 spending review, that
it would go ahead with improvements to the
Chichester bypass. The
Highways Agency said that the proposals would be subject to public
consultation in July 2015. The preferred route would then be announced
in September 2015 and the plan would be to start construction in
February 2018 with a completion date of December 2019. However the
timescales were then revised. There was a six-week public consultation
period during Spring 2016. The proposed construction would then
commence in March 2019 with a completion date of March 2021. After
five options were published and two dropped the government cancelled
the whole project on 28 February 2017, citing lack of support from
local authorities as the main reason.
A proposed scheme to bypass Lancing and
Sompting (as well as other
sections) was dropped in 1988.
A proposed scheme to bypass
Arundel was dropped in 2003, although the
junction at the end of the dual carriageway has been partly made into
Worthing , where the possibility of a bypass has often been
discussed since 1967, even getting as far as passing the inspector's
report at a public inquiry , the plan was dropped in 1996 following
Worthing are both areas of known traffic
congestion during times of peak usage.
A bridge over the level crossing at
Beddingham was completed on 22
August 2008. The original proposal called for a dual carriageway
standard link with a bridge over the crossing. However, the actual
project involved improving the original single carriageway road by
providing two lanes westbound and one lane eastbound between the
Despite the limited improvements to the A27, it is still
substantially quicker (usually more than an hour difference) to travel
Margate via the M25 route compared to the coast
route of A259, A27 and M27.
Because of all the delays along its route, according to West Sussex
County Council, the A27 is the most unreliable all purpose trunk road
in England. Further, it is widely considered by businesses on the
coast to cost money and inhibit economic performance due to its
unreliability and frequent congestion. However proposals by central
government to allow private sector financing to improve major roads
may be a possible solution to the A27s demise.
Desmond Llewelyn , who portrayed Q in a large portion of the
James Bond film series , was fatally injured in a car accident on the
A27 in 1999.
SHOREHAM AIRSHOW CRASH
2015 Shoreham Airshow crash
Shoreham Airshow on 22 August 2015, a
Hawker Hunter crashed
into the A27, striking several vehicles and killing eleven people.
The road was completely closed for eight days and did not fully reopen
until 16 September 2015.
Brighton and Hove
Brighton and Hove ,
The road starts at its junction with the A36 at Whiteparish. It runs
Romsey , Chilworth , at which point it follows a Roman Road,
Swaythling , West End and
Bursledon . It then closely parallels the
south coast and travels on via
Havant , Chichester
Worthing , Lancing ,
Polegate where it then terminates at
East Sussex .
A section of the A27 running from the eastern end of the M27 to the
end of the road at
Pevensey forms part of, what was known as, the
South Coast Trunk Road. Much of the road has been improved to dual
carriageway standard, with the westernmost section of the trunk
portion even having as much as four lanes plus a hard shoulder in each
direction, and on a motorway alignment with grade-separated junctions
. This is perhaps a reflection that the M27 was once proposed to run
as far as Chichester.
The road runs east from
Havant then on to the
Emsworth exit. Beyond
Warblington the dual carriageway
east has no junctions in it until it reaches Chichester, where the
by-pass has five roundabouts and one traffic signal controlled
junction, that disrupt the mainline flow of the road. The Chichester
by-pass is regularly subject to congestion and although a public
inquiry has proposed improvements, those improvements are currently on
Chichester the road largely retains a two-lane
dual-carriageway standard. There are, however a couple of sections of
Arundel and at
Worthing . These are both areas
of known traffic congestion during times of peak usage.
At the junction of the A27 and the A24, the A27 has a brief section
where the road is designated 'A27' and 'A24' before continuing from
the 'Grove Lodge' roundabout where the road is named "Upper Brighton
Worthing , the A27 passes
Sompting on the Sompting
Bypass before passing through Lancing where there are traffic lights
and a roundabout which disrupt traffic flow. Just before the road
River Adur near Shoreham via the 'Shoreham flyover'
(constructed 1968-70 ), there is a traffic light-controlled
intersection close to
Lancing College and the headquarters of Ricardo
plc which was the scene of a fatal aircrash during the Shoreham
Airshow 2015 on 22 August 2015, killing eleven people on the ground.
After the 'flyover' over the Adur , the A27 then runs past the
Holmbush interchange (Shoreham-by-Sea) and on through the Southwick
Hill Tunnel , at that point entering
East Sussex .
Later, it passes
Brighton — where it is known as the Brighton
Bypass — and around the
South Downs . The junction of the A23 and
the A27 is often slow in the morning rush hour.
It then passes around
Falmer with this section of road having three
lanes in each direction but loses the third lane later. When Brighton
Hove Albion play at home this section can become congested due to
its proximity to The
American Express Community Stadium .
Afterwards, it passes south of
Lewes where it meets the
A26 road to
Here, the road becomes a single carriageway standard and, until 2008,
crossed a level crossing until it was bypassed.
The south coast multi model study recommended a dual carriageway, but
the Highways Agency built it to a cheaper single-carriageway standard.
Plans are still proposed for upgrading this later.
The road afterwards reverts to a dual carriageway with access to the
A22, which provides links to
The road then. once again. turns into a single carriageway near
Pevensey, where the road ends, and the South Coast Trunk Road
transfers over to the A259 ; this coast road starts in
shadows the route of the A27.
BEXHILL TO HASTINGS LINK ROAD
Work on the contentious Bexhill to Hastings link road commenced in
early 2013 and was completed in late 2015. The road provides a more
direct link from the A27 to the
A28 road via the
A259 road .
LANDMARKS ON THE ROUTE
A27 crossing the Adur flyover , near Shoreham ,
University of Sussex
University of Sussex , (
Long Man of Wilmington
Long Man of Wilmington
* In their 2013 spending review the British government said that
they will fund a feasibility study that will include looking at
problems on the A27 corridor.
* There is a recommendation to build a new road from Wilmington to
* There is also a recommendation to make the road a dual carriageway
Beddingham and Polegate.
* On 1 December 2014 the UK Government announced that they would go
ahead with proposed improvements to the A27. These were:
Arundel to have a new dual carriageway bypass, subject to
consultation with the National Parks Authority, local authorities and
the publication of this and alternative options
Worthing and Lancing to have improvements to capacity and
junctions along the A27, subject to consultation with West Sussex
County Council and the public.
* The original plan was for the four junctions on the Chichester
bypass to be upgraded. However, other options were also considered.
Some news organisations have been sceptical about this announcement,
claiming that in the past "Governments have a habit of announcing big
plans for the roads, only to shelve them later on when the money gets
tight." There seemed to be some truth to this suggestion after the