Following the recent floods and subsequent collapse of the B4084 at Cropthorne, Laser Civil Engineering will be carrying out reconstruction of the culverts and carriageway.

The project is scheduled to start on Thursday 26th July 2007, in fact it has started already, and will initially run for 4 weeks.

Due to the emergency nature of the works, they will be working 7 days a week and will be carrying out some of the operation out of normal business hours. Laser Civil Enginering will do their best to minimise the disruption during this work and I am sure we can all understand how important it is to get the road opened again as quickly as possible.

Update 10th August 2007
The contractor has now reported that the work will take longer than originally anticipated and doesn't expect to finish before the end of October.

Update 5th September 2007
The most recent news is that the work will now not be completed until the end of November. The Highways Department have taken some steps to lessen the impact of traffic through the village, by marking the approaches as "Access Only", and closing Middle Lane to through traffic. Legally speaking, anyone causing a vehicle pass these signs without a legitimate reason is committing an offence. We will have to wait and see if the number of vehicles using the village as a rat-run falls.

Update 17th October 2007
After some delays, work is progressing to schedule and completion is still hoped for by the end of November. There doesn't seem to be any let-up in the amount of traffic using the village as a short cut, and the margins of Field Barn Lane are becoming very broken up. One wonders how long it will take to get this damage made good after the main road opens again!

Pictures taken on Friday 27th July 2007

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