Flood­ing threat to key road

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By Kenmcer­lain

There are fears that flood­ing has caused se­ri­ous dam­age to the B1040 Whit­tle­sey wash road. The key route to Peter­bor­ough has been closed since be­fore Christ­mas.

There are fears that a ma­jor road link­ing Whit­tle­sey to Peter­bor­ough could be dam­aged af­ter be­ing sub­merged un­der flood water for three weeks. The B1040 Whit­tle­sey wash road has been closed since be­fore Christ­mas af­ter­heavy rain caused flood plains sur­round­ing the car­riage­way to be­come sub­merged.

The flood wa­ters have started to re­cede in re­cent days re­veal­ing cracks in con­crete sec­tions of the road - prompt­ing fears that heavy dam­age may have been caused.

Bosses at Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil said the road could re­quire a sub­stan­tial clean- up but added it was too early to say whether it had any struc­tural dam­age.

A coun­cil spokesman said: “The last time the road was flood­edthere­was­nos­truc­tural dam­age, butwe­can’tsay­forcer­tain what con­di­tion it’s in un­til all the flood water has cleared.

“If there are cracks along­side some the edges then th­ese can be patched up.

“Once the water has fully re­ceded then we will check the roadagain. Un­tilthat­timeitwill re­main closed.”

The lengthy clo­sure has irked many peo­ple ac­cord­ing to coun­cil­lors in the town.

Kay Mayor, the Mayor of Whit­tle­sey, said: “It’s been like liv­ing by the sea­side re­cently.

“Theroadis a main­route­for many peo­ple trav­el­ling into Pe- ter­bor­ough and if the flood­ing has dam­aged the road then we are look­ing at more prob­lems.

“The land be­side the road is flood­plain so we ac­cept that when it rains heav­ily this will hap­pen, but it is be­com­ing a ma­jor is­sue.

“I’m con­cerned that busi­nesses are go­ing to be put off fromin­vestin­gand­cre­at­ingjobs in Whit­tle­sey as a re­sult.”

GarySwan, coun­cil­lor for St Mary’s Ward in the town added: “Peo­ple have had enough, it’s tak­ing them an hour to do a seven mile jour­ney.

“We have talked about pos­si­ble so­lu­tions and are go­ing to start lob­by­ing for it.

“There has been talk of a by­pass around­thetownorevenof rais­ing theroad, but­tho­sei­deas could be too ex­pen­sive.”

Res­i­dent Clive Tom­lins ( 61) walks on the flooded B1040 at Whit­tle­sey Wash

De­bris left be­hind as the flood wa­ters slowly drain away.

Dam­age to the bank and con­crete cul­verts.

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