Brighton seafront roadworks to continue until November

Posted On 20 Aug 2014 at 10:08 am
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Roadworks on Brighton seafront caused by the partial collapse of the Fortune of War arches will now continue until November.

King’s Road has been partly closed at the bottom of West Street since Friday, 25 April when a hole appeared in the road.

Engineers initially hoped to have the road open again in eight weeks, then by September – but today, the council announced it had been delayed once more after investigations revealed the problems were not confined to just one arch.

Andrew Renaut, interim head of highways engineering and projects, said: “I really understand people’s frustration with the length of time this project is taking.

“Unfortunately the work is more complex than we expected and we are working really hard with our contractors and the property owners to design and build a safe solution.”

A council spokeswoman said: “Since the original collapse of we’ve been working really hard with our contractors and the property owners on all the separate issues that have now been identified under the road.

“These individual problems are linked to previous internal alterations.  Before any actual re-construction can be done, it is essential that we help them design and check all of the work that needs to be done to ensure that it is safe and that it will not affect any other arches nearby as they are all joined together.

“Unfortunately, this work is proving to be more complicated than expected but we need to be able to agree a safe solution to the problems, and we’ll keep everybody updated.

“We understand some people’s concern and frustration about the months that have passed since the first incident, but by getting the design right we are confident that these locations will stay standing and be able to operate as business premises and seafront attractions for another 120 years.”

  1. feline1 Reply

    Yet another scam on the public purse where a contractor blags a preposterously extended contract when the actual work will only take a fraction of the time? Leaving him free to redeploy his staff on other contracts for a substantial proportion of the duration? Or am I being far too cynical?

  2. feline1 Reply

    Yet another scam on the public purse where a contractor blags a preposterously extended contract when the actual work will only take a fraction of the time? Leaving him free to redeploy his staff on other contracts for a substantial proportion of the duration? Or am I being far too cynical?

  3. feline1 Reply

    Yet another scam on the public purse where a contractor blags a preposterously extended contract when the actual work will only take a fraction of the time? Leaving him free to redeploy his staff on other contracts for a substantial proportion of the duration? Or am I being far too cynical?

  4. Rolivan Reply

    Could somebody ask Andrew Renault at the Highways who is footing the bill is it The Council or Government as it is an A Road or will the Council have to foot the bill because the problem is with the Arches rather than the Road?

  5. Rolivan Reply

    Could somebody ask Andrew Renault at the Highways who is footing the bill is it The Council or Government as it is an A Road or will the Council have to foot the bill because the problem is with the Arches rather than the Road?

  6. Rolivan Reply

    Could somebody ask Andrew Renault at the Highways who is footing the bill is it The Council or Government as it is an A Road or will the Council have to foot the bill because the problem is with the Arches rather than the Road?

  7. feline1 Reply

    the taxpayer is footing the bill, as always

  8. feline1 Reply

    the taxpayer is footing the bill, as always

  9. Hayden cheyne Reply

    Getting REALLY sick of the greens. If they hadn’t WANTED millions of pounds making every road in Brighton 20mph, which I haven to ad has been as successful as an inflatable dartboard as no one wanted it, nobody abides to it and police refuse to enforce it,they would have the money to have fixed this a lot sooner!! Wouldn’t be so bad if it had not been for another one of their “fantastic” ideas of changing the major connection at Brighton station and diverting all traffic to… The seafront! They have stupidly cut brighton in half and ground it to a standstill.. still we have plenty of ridiculous cycle lanes that stop suddenly, cross major roads and carry on for 5 yards then cross back over again. Not sure who is worse.. Greens or Torys!

  10. Hayden cheyne Reply

    Getting REALLY sick of the greens. If they hadn’t WANTED millions of pounds making every road in Brighton 20mph, which I haven to ad has been as successful as an inflatable dartboard as no one wanted it, nobody abides to it and police refuse to enforce it,they would have the money to have fixed this a lot sooner!! Wouldn’t be so bad if it had not been for another one of their “fantastic” ideas of changing the major connection at Brighton station and diverting all traffic to… The seafront! They have stupidly cut brighton in half and ground it to a standstill.. still we have plenty of ridiculous cycle lanes that stop suddenly, cross major roads and carry on for 5 yards then cross back over again. Not sure who is worse.. Greens or Torys!

  11. Hayden cheyne Reply

    Getting REALLY sick of the greens. If they hadn’t WANTED millions of pounds making every road in Brighton 20mph, which I haven to ad has been as successful as an inflatable dartboard as no one wanted it, nobody abides to it and police refuse to enforce it,they would have the money to have fixed this a lot sooner!! Wouldn’t be so bad if it had not been for another one of their “fantastic” ideas of changing the major connection at Brighton station and diverting all traffic to… The seafront! They have stupidly cut brighton in half and ground it to a standstill.. still we have plenty of ridiculous cycle lanes that stop suddenly, cross major roads and carry on for 5 yards then cross back over again. Not sure who is worse.. Greens or Torys!

  12. Hayden cheyne Reply

    The above is why you should never reply on a phone with auto correct! Grr

  13. Hayden cheyne Reply

    The above is why you should never reply on a phone with auto correct! Grr

  14. Hayden cheyne Reply

    The above is why you should never reply on a phone with auto correct! Grr

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