More A27 misery as work overruns

Traffic backed up on the A27 due to roadworks between the Sussex Pad and Sompting – Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Traffic backed up on the A27 due to roadworks between the Sussex Pad and Sompting – Picture by Eddie Mitchell

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

Drivers face more traffic misery after it was announced that roadworks on Sussex’s busiest route are to overrun by more than a month.

The Highways Agency confirmed yesterday that drainage work on the A27 near Lancing will not be completed by December 20, as originally promised.

Instead the road will still be partially closed overnight with some day closures until early February at least.

The Highways Agency blamed poor weather and unexpected problems for the failure to finish the job before Christmas.

A spokeswoman said drains had been found encased in concrete rather than gravel and had taken longer to repair and replace.

Crews have also been battling blocked drainage ditches, which delayed work further.

But motoring campaigner Steve Percy said the Highways Agency should be “forced to pay a penalty” for failing to stick to its schedule.

'Incredibly frustrating'

He said: “It’s the only way to stop this kind of thing happening. Everyone accepts that roadworks do need to be done sometimes but when they overrun like this it’s incredibly frustrating.

“Every town around here relies on the A27 so the news that these roadworks will take even longer than expected is very unwelcome.”

Daytime restrictions Road restrictions will be lifted during the Christmas and New Year break before regular night-time closures resume in January.

There will also be “some localised daytime restrictions” according to the Highways Agency.

East Worthing and Shoreham MP Tim Loughton visited the site last week to check on progress.

Drainage problems

He said: “Overall, I was pleased with the progress that the team had made considering the problems that they have encountered.

"Obviously, there was nothing that they could have done to prevent the bad weather and they were expecting the drains to be covered in gravel – not concrete.

"However, in light of these setbacks, they provided more men on site so that they would not fall too far behind.”

The spokeswoman for the Highways Agency said: “Once work began it became evident the drainage system required more extensive repairs than originally programmed.

“Several obstructions were also found, including large amounts of concrete covering the pipes, and work also had to stop temporarily for emergency utility work, unconnected with the scheme, to be carried out.

“After the break, during January and February, overnight completion work will take place for bollards, lighting and resurfacing.

“There will some localised daytime restrictions on the A27. Details of the overnight restrictions will continue to be publicised in advance.”

How have you been affected by the roadworks? Write to bill.gardner@theargus.co.uk.

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12:48pm Fri 14 Dec 12

9 of us says...

It simply makes the Highways Agency look totally incompetent and the MP is pleased with it's progress. God help!
You can hazard a guess that the weather will be poor, so why not do these works in Summer (laugh).
To overrun by 1-2 months is damned embarrassing and really frustrating for me using it each day.
Good effort lads!
It simply makes the Highways Agency look totally incompetent and the MP is pleased with it's progress. God help! You can hazard a guess that the weather will be poor, so why not do these works in Summer (laugh). To overrun by 1-2 months is damned embarrassing and really frustrating for me using it each day. Good effort lads! 9 of us
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1:12pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Bad weather at this time of year. You do surprise me.

Perhaps the workers are slowed down by having to wear invisilibity cloaks beacause you never see them
Bad weather at this time of year. You do surprise me. Perhaps the workers are slowed down by having to wear invisilibity cloaks beacause you never see them Number Six
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1:39pm Fri 14 Dec 12

bogs says...

'but when they overrun like this it’s incredibly frustrating. '

Try sitting in the jams mate, that's frustrating!

Clowns.
'but when they overrun like this it’s incredibly frustrating. ' Try sitting in the jams mate, that's frustrating! Clowns. bogs
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2:02pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Number Six says...

Meanwhile the A27 is closed both ways at Chichester because of flooding. The Highways Agency seems magnificently unconcerned about that.

Perhaps I'll pay for the Highways Agency to go on the guided tour of Harveys of Lewes. That way they might properly learn how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery
Meanwhile the A27 is closed both ways at Chichester because of flooding. The Highways Agency seems magnificently unconcerned about that. Perhaps I'll pay for the Highways Agency to go on the guided tour of Harveys of Lewes. That way they might properly learn how to organise a pi$$ up in a brewery Number Six
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5:34pm Fri 14 Dec 12

John Steed says...

in holland its rude to arrive at work on time, early is correct, plus as the bridges open on demand for boats the dutch will allow extra time in case the bridges open and delay them. what is the problem with british motorists, allow extra time and stop ****, we all get frustrated at times but nothing is more annoying than bad roads, so why moan when they are being upgraded, I drove through this section a few days agoand only a couple of guys were working down by recardos, frustrating but thats how it is.
in holland its rude to arrive at work on time, early is correct, plus as the bridges open on demand for boats the dutch will allow extra time in case the bridges open and delay them. what is the problem with british motorists, allow extra time and stop ****, we all get frustrated at times but nothing is more annoying than bad roads, so why moan when they are being upgraded, I drove through this section a few days agoand only a couple of guys were working down by recardos, frustrating but thats how it is. John Steed
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8:29am Sat 15 Dec 12

ShorehamBeachcomber says...

Who was the person responsible for not being diligent enough in their pathfinder analysis & failing to note that the drains were encased in concrete rather than covered in gravel & have they been sacked for this ludicrous elementary oversight?
Who was the person responsible for not being diligent enough in their pathfinder analysis & failing to note that the drains were encased in concrete rather than covered in gravel & have they been sacked for this ludicrous elementary oversight? ShorehamBeachcomber
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3:33pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Cycling commuter says...

Perhaps employing more than 6 workers (the maximum number I have seen) would speed up the process? I'm tempted to pop out and do some work for them, at least that way something might get done..
Perhaps employing more than 6 workers (the maximum number I have seen) would speed up the process? I'm tempted to pop out and do some work for them, at least that way something might get done.. Cycling commuter
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4:52pm Sun 16 Dec 12

derekhunt says...

Well I was worried until I read that Tim Loughton has visited the site.

Everything's going to be OK now that they've got an extra tool.
Well I was worried until I read that Tim Loughton has visited the site. Everything's going to be OK now that they've got an extra tool. derekhunt
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