Drivers call for ‘dangerous’ potholes between Chichester and Havant to be repaired


MOTORISTS have slammed the ‘dangerous’ potholes that litter the A27 between Chichester and Havant and called for urgent action to fix them.

Cars have been forced to ‘swerve to avoid them’ which is causing an ‘increasingly dangerous’ situation, drivers have said.

The Highways Agency confirmed it is aware of the problem, but that a recent inspection ‘did not highlight any safety critical defects’.

Posting on the website FixMyStreet, where people report problems in their local area, an anonymous person wrote under the subject ‘A27 Chichester Havant’: “Please fix all the potholes. Watching cars in front swerve to avoid them shows how dangerous they are and the damage they are causing to cars.”

Another said: “I agree with the person who reported the many potholes on the A27 Chichester bypass between Havant and Fishbourne. “I use this stretch of road twice a week.

“Cars travel at high speed along there and the situation is getting increasingly dangerous. Could this be put right urgently please.”

Janet Gregory said: “We live in Aldwick and haven’t used this section for some time and therefore was more than a little surprised at the state of the road when we went for the first session last Thursday.

“I was concerned that there were no warning signs or temporary speed restrictions. Surely this would be sensible??”

A number of shallow potholes have been on both sides of that stretch of the A27 carriageway for several months.

A Highways England spokesperson 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 three financial years.

“The designs for these works are ongoing. In the interim we will continue to inspect the carriageway every seven days, and any safety critical defects will be repaired immediately.

“Please note that our most recent inspection did not highlight any safety critical defects.

“All of our maintenance works within the network are categorised by order of the severity and safety implication to the travelling public.

“This means Category 1 defects are classed as emergencies and made safe within 24 hours.

“Permanent repairs are then carried out within 28 days.

“Category 2 defects are less severe and are undertaken in order of priority when funds become available.

“In the interim “bumpy” road surface signs have been placed out along this section of the A27.”