Council want compensation for chaos which caused gridlock in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH City Council will attempt to get compensation after a contractor’s failings caused traffic chaos during Armed Forces Day.

Speaking during a press conference this morning, Council Leader Gerald Vernon-Jackson said Colas shouldn’t be allowed to get away with not thinking ahead, which meant the city was brought to a standstill on Saturday, June 29.

ANGRY Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson

ANGRY Councillor Gerald Vernon-Jackson

As previously reported in The News, on the same day as the annual event Colas carried out waterproofing works on the northbound carriageway on the M275 and as part of its involvement with the joint venture VolkerFitzpatrickColas it did drainage works on Rudmore Roundabout.

Cllr Vernon-Jackson said: ‘It was an absolute disgrace, which is why we are talking to Colas about compensation.

‘There needs to be something done which shows it has messed up. There is a penalty for that.

‘There will be different sums and some negotiation.

‘We may not get as much as I would like.’

Some people were stuck in their vehicles for up to four hours in the hot weather, while others abandoned them altogether as they struggled to reach Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Portsmouth City Council quashed all parking tickets issued on the weekend.

Colas has now apologised for the problems which were caused by lane closures to allow the waterproofing of three of the M275’s bridges and installation of drainage near Rudmore roundabout.

The company says this weekend’s second phase of roadworks are now on hold until a new plan is fixed.