Multi-million pound fund for damaged Fen roads
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