ALL lanes of the A27 have been re-opened after two car crashes caused traffic mayhem during rush hour.
Drivers faced delays of up to an hour this morning after two collisions on the A27 eastbound.
The first accident happened at about 6.40am on the A27 between Chichester and Emsworth when three cars were involved in a smash.
The outer lane was closed while three cars – Volkswagen Golf, a red Peugeot 206 and a black BMW 320 – were recovered.
The lane was re-opened at 8.15am.
But congestion built up again, as far as junction 8 of the M27, after a motorbike was involved with a collision with a car on the eastbound A27 near the sliproad at Farlington.
The motorcyclist sustained injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.
The outer lane of the A27 had to be closed, while the hard shoulder was opened to keep traffic flowing.
Many commuters decided to travel east via Portsdown Hill Road and Havant Road, causing more congestion than usual.
All lanes were re-opened by 9am.
A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: ‘Two lanes of traffic remained operational.
‘They opened the hard shoulder. A lot of people slowed down as if often the case to have a look at what happened. A lot of congestion was caused by the collision, a lot more was caused by people looking at the collision.’