City centre road rebuild scheme is completed

Breakdown workers preparing to haul out of the sea one of the cars involved in an accident on the Havant by-pass

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A SCHEME to rebuild a city centre road has been completed faster than expected.

Chichester’s West Street, from Orchard Street roundabout to Tower Street, has been rebuilt and resurfaced.

Three weeks had been allowed for the project – which was completed in only 15 days.

A further section, from Tower Street to Chapel Street, has also been resurfaced over the course of three nights.

The project had caused delays for those in the city centre.

But Bob Lanzer, West Sussex County Council’s cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: ‘A huge effort was made by highways officers and our contractor, Balfour Beatty, to liaise with residents, shops, businesses and others to try to minimise disruption.

‘It’s really good news that, given the fact the road needed rebuilding and resurfacing, this was achieved in 15 days.

‘Unfortunately, as with any work of this nature, some inconvenience was caused and we apologise for this.’