Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie joins A27 pothole campaign

Potholes on the A27  between Chichester and Portsmouth. Pic Steve Robards SR1515030  01-07-2015 SUS-150107-181601001
Potholes on the A27 between Chichester and Portsmouth. Pic Steve Robards SR1515030 01-07-2015 SUS-150107-181601001
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CHICHESTER MP Andrew Tyrie has joined the Observer and News Time to Fill campaign for urgent action to repair a pothole-ridden stretch of the A27.

Mr Tyrie has written to Highways England in a push for repairs between Havant and Chichester.

He joins West Sussex County Council leader Louise Goldsmith, Chichester District Council leader Tony Dignum, national campaigner ‘Mr Pothole’, an advanced driving instructor, a village action group and numerous residents in supporting the joint campaign.

Mr Tyrie said: “These potholes on the A27 are a serious problem. And it’s not just the A27. Right across the constituency we need some work done, and well before the winter weather comes.”

Mr Dignum added: “Potholes are dangerous and can cause costly tyre damage, which impacts on our residents, businesses and visitors. At the same time, Highways England should restore the quieter blacktop surface, created some years ago through Andrew Tyrie’s pressure, which has been worn thin or worse by years of heavy traffic.

“The A27 is one of the most important roads in this area and so it is important that it is in a fit state to deal with the millions of cars that use it each year.”

Highway England has pledged £4.5million over the next three years to repair the carriageway, but the Time to Fill campaign was launched in the belief more urgent action was required.

A spokesman for the agency said: “We are aware of the issues with the road surface along this section of carriageway and there is just over £4.5 million of allocated funds to fully repair this section of the A27 over the next 3 financial years. The designs for these works are ongoing. In the interim we will continue to inspect the carriageway every 7 days, and any safety critical defects will be repaired immediately. Please note that our most recent inspection did not highlight any safety critical defects.”