Green MEP: proposed A27 ‘improvements’ between Worthing and Lancing will exacerbate existing problems

Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East of England, has responded to a Highways England consultation into improvements on the A27. The aim of the scheme, according to Highways England, is to “increase capacity and reduce congestion” between Worthing and Lancing. However, Keith and his Green Party colleagues believe the proposals would only exacerbate existing problems by encouraging more cars onto the road. 

Keith, who is a member of the European Parliament’s Transport and Tourism committee, said:

“The money allocated to this scheme should be spent on the broader objective of improving mobility – intermodal sustainable mobility chains, ensuring the smooth flow of an entire journey, prioritising non-motorised mobility, such as walking and cycling, in combination with public or collective transport systems, carpooling, car-sharing and taxis, as well as electrified mobility with a focus on e-bikes, trains, trams, cable cars, buses, shared cars and taxis. Improving the road network as an overall approach to reducing congestion is too narrow and short sighted as it does not acknowledge the urgent need to reduce the volume of traffic on the roads both to combat climate change and improve air quality and to create a safer and more pleasant environment for life and work generally.”

“Following a period of grassroots consultation with the local community, Aberdeen has been undertaking a series of measures to realise its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). It announced earlier this year plans to pedestrianise 2 busy city centre streets to encourage residents and visitors out of their cars and to use more active forms of transportation. The SUMP is increasing popularity in cities and regions across Europe as a means to understand where improvements can be made to an area’s planning and transport provision and to help make the necessary changes.”

“It is also necessary to create more efficient and environmentally friendly urban freight transport systems, including reducing large freight transport on roads such as the A27. We need to make use of the available capacity on other modes, particularly rail. One example of how to enhance freight logistics is to work smarter using technology to improve transport efficiency.”

The full consultation response can be read here.