Statement issued: 14 January 2020
A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said: “Essential repairs are continuing on the A259 Brighton Road, just to the west of the Norfolk Bridge in Shoreham, and we are liaising with Southern Water so everything possible is done to minimise the impact on traffic flow. We fully appreciate that this location is extremely busy, even without roadworks, and we are in constant contact with the water company and monitoring the situation closely.
“Southern Water had been investigating where the ground had sunk near a sewer rising main. Work is now continuing to make the road safe again.
“As part of Southern Water’s road permit conditions, traffic lights are being manually controlled to take into account peak-time traffic flows. Our Inspector and Area Manager have attended to assess the traffic management set up and have recommended that ‘Stop/Go’ boards are used on the roundabout junction with the High Street to try to keep traffic flowing as much as possible.
“We have also asked the water company to consider night-time/weekend working. However, this would have to be Southern Water’s decision, based on its own risk assessment and the nature of the works themselves.
“Our Street Works team tries to plan and coordinate all activities that require space on West Sussex’s road network to minimise disruption as much as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes inconvenience is unavoidable, and we apologise for this.
“The A259 has a lot of properties and businesses along it and therefore a lot of utility apparatus is underneath the road. Utility companies have a statutory right to access their equipment to maintain and repair it. Some of these works can be prepared for and planned but a lot are unplanned emergencies, or need arranging at relatively short notice.
“Across West Sussex, the Street Works team also faces more and more difficult challenges in managing the road network, due to the sheer amount of home building and other development taking place and we have a duty to facilitate these works in a timely manner so that planning conditions can be met.”