Sunderland driver’s fury at concrete bungle

Ernest Barraclough of East Moorside in Sunderland has had to pay �200 for a new wheel and repairs to his car after it hit a lump of concrete on the A19.
Ernest Barraclough of East Moorside in Sunderland has had to pay �200 for a new wheel and repairs to his car after it hit a lump of concrete on the A19.
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A MOTORIST claims he was left out of pocket after hitting a piece of a concrete in the middle of a busy road.

Ernest Barraclough, of East Moorside, was leaving for work when he drove on to the A19 road from the Doxford Park roundabout.

The 63-year-old structural engineer’s car then hit some concrete which was lying in the slip road.

The incident damaged a tyre and the alloy wheel on Mr Barraclough’s Nissan Micra, and repairs cost more than £250.

He has since been unable to claim any compensation and no-one else has come forward.

“I was driving at about half six in the morning to go to work in North Shields when it happened.

“I just hit it and then I had to pull over.”

Mr Barraclough added that he saw other motorists who had also hit the same piece of concrete, although none have come forward.

Mr Barraclough, who is married to Sharon, 59, and has two children, Christopher and Julie, said: “I don’t know why because there was a white van that hit the concrete first, before me.

“But obviously they have never bothered to get in touch about it.”

However, the authorities say that there is no evidence that the incident happened and they are unable to compensate Mr Barraclough.

A Highways Agency spokeswoman said: “On October 3, Mr Barraclough contacted Autolink, the contractor responsible for operating the A19 on behalf of the Highways Agency, asking for repayment of costs incurred for repairing damage to his car.

“Autolink and the Highways Agency have no record of being informed of debris on the road or of any incidents involving road users on or around September 27, when the damage is said to have been incurred.

“After a thorough investigation, Autolink has informed Mr Barraclough that there is no liability on either their or Highways Agency’s behalf.

“We appreciate that Mr Barraclough will be disappointed by this.

“Autolink and the Highways Agency work hard to keep road conditions safe and respond to incidents quickly and safely.

“To help ensure the safety of all road users the Highways Agency encourages drivers to report debris and other obstructions as soon as safely possible by ringing the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.”

* Were you affected by concrete debris on the road like Mr Barraclough? Call our newsdesk on 501 7208.

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