Sir George formally opened a carriage way to enable residents of Lichfield to access the A34 to Whitchurch. "Lichfield residents were cut off due to ground water flooding, which also meant that the southbound access road off the A34 had to be closed. When I visited the site, the road was some three feet under water, and at times still rising." Hampshire County Council built an elevated carriage way which has reopened access to Lichfield village. The gang who constructed the scheme consisted of a foreman, two machine drivers, three skilled labourers who all worked twelve hours a day to get the road open within five days. Work began on February 24th, and Sir George waved the first car through at 11.30 on Friday February 28th.
"All credit to Hampshire County Council and the contractors for getting this carriageway up and running so quickly. Lichfield has no shop, and the only other way out of the village involved a detour through unmade up roads via Kingsclere. Some of the residents who tried to do this did severe damage to their vehicles."
Sir George was met on site by Colin Taylor, Assistant Director of Highways Traffic and Transport at Hampshire County Council. Sir George was greeted by Christopher and Katie Wills, whose family have lived in the village for several generations.