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Repair work to close central Brighton bus route to traffic
A major road used by hundreds of vehicles an hour is set to be resurfaced next month – but council chiefs have not yet said exactly when.
The Argus now understands work to resurface the cracked and uneven street will take place next month as a temporary measure.
It is expected the resurfacing, which will see traffic diverted, will take a day.
This is before the sub-structure of the highway is looked at as part of major works planned for a later date.
However, Brighton and Hove City Council , which is responsible for the road, refused to confirm any details of the work, which will affect tens of thousands of people.
The Argus asked for information on how much the work would cost and who would have to pay for it but no details were provided.
A statement from a council spokeswoman said: “Essential works are being planned and the council is in discussions with Brighton and Hove Bus Company.
"We are also continuing our discussions with Southern Water.”
Motorists have reported issues with the road since Southern Water and Southern Gas Networks started laying pipes in the street in 2007.
Since then, more than 170 incidents of roadworks in the area have been recorded, leading to 571 days of disruption.
Bus bosses made the decision to stop vehicles using the busy thoroughfare in April, claiming its vehicles were becoming grounded. Taxis, cyclists and Stagecoach buses continued to use the road throughout.
The Argus understands the resurfacing, believed to be planned for mid-September, will be a temporary measure which could last about a year while a long-term solution is sought.
When approached with the information, Roger French, of Brighton and Hove Bus Company, said: “There is a small window of opportunity for the work to take place. August is the summer holidays and then in October it moves on to half-term and the run-up to Christmas.”
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