A27 Closure Both Directions, East Sussex. Thursday 05 March 2015

The A27 in East Sus­sex was closed in both direc­tions between the A2270 and the A26 near Pole­gate, due to a multi-vehicle acci­dent involv­ing a car, a van and a heavy goods vehi­cle. The heavy goods vehi­cle over turned and sub­se­quently spilt a large amount of diesel onto the carriageway.

At approx­i­mately 11:58 Sus­sex Police informed the High­ways Agency that there were reports of an over­turned heavy goods vehi­cle block­ing the A27 near Pole­gate, fol­low­ing an acci­dent. The police con­tin­ued to receive numer­ous calls from mem­bers of the pub­lic and it quickly became appar­ent that this was going to be a seri­ous inci­dent with exten­sive clean up and recov­er­ies required. We imme­di­ately informed our ser­vice providers who dis­patched a crew to assist the emer­gency services.

Sus­sex Police arrived on scene and advised at 12:12 that the car­riage­way was fully closed in both direc­tions. This prompt update allowed us to start dis­sem­i­nat­ing infor­ma­tion about the clo­sure, includ­ing the rec­om­mended diver­sion route details to our road users, to help pre­vent fur­ther dis­rupted journeys.


A27 Polesgate East Sussex Closure

At 14:35 a recov­ery agent spe­cial­ist arrived on scene to assess the sit­u­a­tion and require­ments to recover all vehi­cles involved. The recov­ery of the heavy goods vehi­cle was com­pli­cated and required the added assis­tance of a crane to right the vehi­cle. All spe­cial­ist equip­ment arrived on scene by 14:51 and the con­trac­tors worked for a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of hours to com­plete the pro­tracted recov­ery process with­out inci­dent. Dur­ing this time, High­ways Agency con­trac­tors imple­mented our pre-planned emer­gency diver­sion routes for clo­sures in both directions.

This route required west­bound traf­fic to fol­low the tri­an­gle diver­sion sym­bol, util­is­ing the A22 north to Golden Cross, the B2124 west through Laughton, the B2192 south through Ring­mer and the A26 south to re-join the A27 at Lewes. East­bound traf­fic was advised to fol­low the dia­mond diver­sion sym­bol via the reverse route. Addi­tion­ally, the High­ways Agency National Traf­fic Oper­a­tions Cen­tre set Vari­able Mes­sage Sign­ing on all appro­pri­ate strate­gic approaches to inform cus­tomers already on our net­work of the A27 clo­sure, so they had the option to con­sider alter­na­tive routes.

A27 Polesgate Map


The impact of the acci­dent unfor­tu­nately resulted in the heavy goods vehi­cles los­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of diesel onto the car­riage­way and sur­round­ing area. Police sought advice and assis­tance from the Envi­ron­ment Agency and the High­ways Agency ser­vice providers deployed a Gully Sucker and Sweeper to the scene to com­plete an exten­sive clean-up process, ensur­ing there was no result­ing dam­age to the affected area and the road sur­face was com­pletely safe to re-open once the inci­dent had been resolved.

Mul­ti­ple emer­gency ser­vices, ser­vice providers and con­trac­tors worked together at scene through­out the after­noon and into the evening to ensure the car­riage­way was restored to nor­mal­ity and allow the safe re-opening of the car­riage­way. The over­turned vehi­cle was righted at 20:12 and the exten­sive recov­ery was fully com­pleted at 23:23.

Sus­sex police con­firmed that all clean-up activ­ity had been com­pleted and the road was fully open to traf­fic at 23:49.

Through­out this inci­dent, High­ways Agency updated cus­tomers via our web­site www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/ and via our regional twit­ter feed @HATraffic_seast

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