WORK to repair notorious potholes on the A27 could be done before Christmas.
Highways England officials say £500,000 has been allocated to repair the ‘worst’ potholes on the stretch of the A27 between Havant and Chichester.
It is a breakthrough in the Time To Fill campaign, which is being spearheaded by The News and the Chichester Observer.
However, the agency could still make no guarantees the work would be done, or that all the potholes would be filled.
A spokesman for the government agency said external factors – such as problems on other motorways in England – may affect whether the work gets the final go-ahead.
The spokesman said: ‘We can’t promise it will be done before Christmas. It’s planned before Christmas.
‘I would certainly envisage it will be done by the end of the winter.
‘That’s for the worst parts of it. It does not mean we will be totally resurfacing the entire carriageway. They will be looking at the areas of most concern.’
The spokesman said the work was already in the schedule of planned works, but has yet to be given the final all-clear.
As a result of the campaign and the negative comments, he said safety officers are now checking the A27 at least twice a week for defects.
‘On this particular road, because of the comments we have received, that scheme has been increased to at least two times a week,’ he said.
But the spokesman said the potholes are still not deep enough to be deemed dangerous and needing immediate attention – what the agency classes as a ‘Category One’ defect.
He said: ‘Although it can cause an uncomfortable drive it’s not considered it would be a Category One defect.’
But some drivers are calling for immediate action.
Julie Harding, from Fareham, said: ‘The potholes have clearly been a threat to safety for months. It is really totally unacceptable. It will be on their heads when a serious accident happens.’