DRIVERS have thrown their weight behind a campaign to get dangerous potholes repaired.
Motorists have spoken of their misery at using the pothole-ridden stretch of the A27 – with one woman even refusing to drive on it.
The News has teamed up with our sister title the Chichester Observer to campaign for action along the Havant to Chichester section.
Jane Allen, from Emsworth, told The News: ‘I do not use the stretch between Emsworth and Chichester any more as it is so dangerous.
‘Potholes will eventually cause a major accident.
‘The potholes cause a lot of people to swerve off course, which is dangerous in itself.’
Richard Haydon-Jones, from Bullfinch Court, Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘I have to agree that something has to be done.
‘I am a motorbike rider and find it very difficult to avoid these potholes. If I did go in one I would be off.
‘Coming back from the Festival of Speed I was hit several times, in more than one spot along the westbound carriageway, by debris coming from a car in front.’
Nick Tech, who works at Scrap Car Comparison in Chichester, said: ‘I’m honestly appalled at the state of them and how long they have now been there for since I first noticed them emerging a few months ago.’
Chris Allwood, of South Bank, Chichester, said: ‘My fiancee and I nearly had an accident while following a lorry.
‘A series of large potholes appeared as the lorry passed over them. They looked like a dead animal so we swerved to miss them.’
Councillor John O’Brien, leader of highways at West Sussex County Council, has written to the Highways Agency, demanding the issue is prioritised.
Highways Agency officials say they have allocated £4.5m over the next three years to repair the damaged section.
A spokesman added: ‘In the meantime, we will continue to keep the A27 in a safe and serviceable condition, and any defects that pose a threat to safety will continue to be fixed within 24 hours.’