Multi-mil­lion pound fund for dam­aged Fen roads

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

Miles of drought-dam­aged Fen­land roads will be re­paired thanks to £3.5 mil­lion of new Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

The money has been awarded to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and Cam­bridgeshire County Coun­cil as part of a na­tional scheme which has seen £75 mil­lion handed out across the coun­try from the Depart­ment for Trans­port.

In the Fens, the money will be used to re­pair 65.6km of drought dam­aged fen roads across Cam­bridgeshire and Peter­bor­ough.

The in­vest­ment will en­able the use of in­no­va­tive meth­ods to main­tain fen roads and en­hance the re­silience of the ru­ral road net­work against fu­ture weather events.

Coun­cil­lor Pe­ter Hiller, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Hous­ing, Neigh­bour­hoods and Plan­ning at Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said: “This ad­di­tional money from the gov­ern­ment, which we bid for with our part­ners at the county coun­cil, will help us to turn that on its head and in­vest more in re­pair­ing our drought dam­aged roads us­ing the lat­est tech­nol­ogy.

North West Cam­bridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara said: “This is ex­cel­lent news and I am very pleased that the Gov­ern­ment has backed the Coun­cil’s scheme for fen roads with sig­nif­i­cant fund­ing.

“The roads pro­vide vi­tal ve­hic­u­lar ac­cess for many com­mu­ni­ties and their im­proved con­di­tion will en­sure safer and bet­ter travel for mo­torists.

“The Coun­cil’s bid was one of many and it is en­cour­ag­ing to see that the Gov­ern­ment has recog­nised our lo­cal need and pro­vided the nec­es­sary funds.”

MP Shailesh Vara

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