By Oliver Hall
A single stretch of potholed road left up to 20 cars stranded or damaged yesterday, many with punctured tyres and smashed windscreens.
The severe potholes caused driving chaos after a section of the busy Brighton road was blocked due to the breakdowns.
Motorists had been forced to abandon their vehicles at the side of the road with punctured tyres and smashed windscreens after driving on the poor road surface.
Witnesses estimated one of the potholes was at least three feet wide, with another as big as two feet.
Part of the A259 Marine Drive westbound was blocked because of a number of severe pot-holes after B2123 High Street.
Police advised motorists to avoid that part of the road if possible and emergency repair work to the road surface was due to take place overnight.
Motorists who drive over large potholes are advised to give their tyres a thorough visual inspection as soon after the incident as possible.
They should look for cuts or bulges which indicate the tyre is likely to have suffered some serious internal damage making it unsafe and illegal.