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Flood-damaged roads receive £2.5m government grant
9:11am Wednesday 11th June 2014 in News
FLOOD-RAVAGED roads in South Bucks damaged by this year’s floods and wet weather will receive a slice of a new £2.5million funding pot from central government.
Roads in Flackwell Heath, Marlow, the Chalfonts, Great Missenden and Bourne End are set to benefit from the cash, which will target 65 hotspots across the county.
Following one of the wettest winters on record, many of the roads in Bucks suffered extensive damage as a result of widespread flooding.
Due to the severity across the country, the Government set up a Severe Weather Recovery Scheme (SWRS) aimed at repairing local highway networks.
Bucks County Council has been awarded £2,507,486 to supplement money already put aside to fix damaged roads and drainage.
And BCC has its fingers crossed over a separate bid to take advantage of over £168 million available for pothole repairs on the county’s pock-marked road network.
Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transportation said: "This additional budget is very welcome, and I would like to personally thank the team involved in securing this amount of funding.
"It will mean that we can target repair work to the roads that were most severely damaged by the flooding over the winter, which is really good news."
This additional funding can only be used to repair flood-hit roads.
Assessments of the selected sites across the county have been carried out to confirm the full extent of work required, along with any necessary drainage works to reduce or prevent flooding in the future.
There are 65 sites confirmed to receive treatment as part of the SWRS.
Additional drainage works under the programme are due to commence in mid-June 2014, with road treatment works to follow from July onwards.
Work on all sites will be completed by the end of 2014.
More information, including a list of the sites to be treated as part of the SWRS, can be found at http://www.transportforbucks.net/Roadworks-Centre/Schemes-and-projects/Our-schemes-and-projects/Severe-Weather-Recovery-Scheme.aspx
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