Plans to ease drainage on Chichester bypass get go-ahead

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THE government has confirmed preparations are under way for a scheme to tackle poor drainage on the A27 Chichester bypass – described as one of its highest-priority flooding sites in the south east.

The news was revealed by Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie after he received a statement from the under-secretary of state for transport, Mike Penning.

Mr Penning said the Chichester bypass flooding was due to a combination of a low-lying floodplain and a high water table in the area.

A drainage survey had been carried out, with the results used to form plans for a new drainage system to store floodwater and discharge this at less-critical periods.

The news comes as contractors get ready to start work next week on major improvements for a 1.8-mile stretch of the A27 between Crockerhill and Fontwell. Works begin on Monday and will finish on Friday, December 16. They will take place during daytime off-peak hours and overnight, and include resurfacing the carriageway in both directions, repairing and clearing drainage. Additional drainage gullies would be installed. A combination of either lane closures or a contraflow system will be used and a 40mph speed limit will be in place throughout the works.