12 September 2016

Seven Dials repairs to start this week

Seven Dials roundabout in Brighton will be subject to around three weeks of roadworks to correct defects which led to parts of it crumbling.

Delays should be expected during the works which are scheduled to take place between this Thursday, September 15, and Friday October 7. Lane closures, temporary traffic lights and diversions will be in place.

Repairs are needed because some of the low kerbstones encircling the roundabout have broken or come adrift.  As a result changes will be made ensuring kerbstones are flush with the tarmac to avoid any impact from vehicles. 

The roundabout will also be resurfaced.  Some of the work will happen at night to minimise disruption. 

Residents and businesses will be contacted and information posted on the council’s website.

Chair of the environment and transport committee Cllr Gill Mitchell said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.  The stone used in the kerbstone on the corner of the roundabout  has worn quicker than anticipated. To prevent this in the future the kerb height will be lowered in line with the road surface.”

The roundabout was radically altered in 2013, to make the junction less dangerous while improving the environment and streetscape of Seven Dials village.  The previous chaotic mini-roundabout was replaced with a longer, oval traffic island.  This sought to integrate traffic more gradually instead of vehicles converging on a central point.