Press release

A27 near Shoreham reopens to traffic

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The A27 near Shoreham in West Sussex is open to traffic again this morning (Sunday 30 August) for the first time since the Shoreham Air Show tragedy last weekend.

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Since 06.40 this morning, two lanes have been open on the eastbound carriageway (towards Brighton) along with one lane on the westbound carriageway. The other lane of the westbound carriageway remains closed while police investigation work continues on the road verge. The westbound entry slip road at the Adur Flyover (for the A283) also remains closed. There is a 40mph speed limit in place and the traffic lights at the Sussex Pad junction, which were damaged in the incident, have been removed.

Angie Elliott-Dickson, Highways England Area Manager RCC South said:

Last weekend’s disaster was shocking and tragic, and we at Highways England send our heartfelt condolences to anyone who has been affected. We have been working hand in hand with the police and other partners to help them in their vital investigation work and thereafter to repair the road as quickly as possible. Police investigation work is likely to continue near the road for some weeks and some delays are likely until we can return the A27 to full capacity. I’d like to thank drivers for their patience and understanding at this difficult time.

Pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists

The A27 remains closed to pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists, and the bus stop on the westbound carriageway cannot be used.

Access to Coombes Road/Lancing College and Sussex Pad

Access is for residents only and will be under police control.

HGV Access

HGV’s wishing to access the airport/businesses via Old Shoreham Road must have prior agreement with the airport and police in advance.

Public Access to Airport

Public access to the airport remains available via the A283 and A259 but with a max height limit 2.1m.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 30 August 2015
Last updated 30 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Included entry slip road closure at Adur interchange
  2. First published.