Upgrade on stretch of A27 will cause delays

Motorists in Sussex can look forward to three or four months of long delays as the Highways Agency announce the start of 14 weeks of drainage work on the A27.

The road which is used by many holders of motorhome insurance policies on their way to the beautiful resorts on the South Coast of the UK has been prone to flooding for many years and the remedial work will run from Dankton Lane to the Shoreham Flyover. The Highways Agency has said lane closures will be inevitable in the day and the section will be closed completely overnight.

Highways Agency Project Manager, Peter Philips, explained “The drainage system needs upgrading and so we will be repairing defective pipes and installing new drainage. This will alleviate flooding and help maintain safe and reliable journeys for the average 56,065 vehicles which travel along here every day.” A spokesman for the agency said they had waited until the holiday season had finished to minimise the effect on the tourism trade but the work had to be carried out at some time.

A public exhibition in Sompting will show the extent of the works and how it will affect the area, but even local authority figures are concerned about the effect on the area with Councillor Neil Parkin, from Adur District Council, saying “It’s very concerning. We are doing all we can to boost regeneration in Lancing in particular and this will no doubt have an impact on trade. We haven’t been told about this.”

Motorhome enthusiasts should note that preparations will start in mid September in readiness for the project to get under way on October 1st.