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First scheme funded by £12.7m Government money gets underway on Monday

30 November 2018

Work starts at Emneth on Monday 3 December, on the first of the schemes to be funded by the additional £12.694m Norfolk County Council recently received from the Government to spend on road maintenance.  This is Norfolk’s share of the £420m, made available to local authorities in England, that was announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018.

The £290,000 road resurfacing works on A1101 Outwell Road, Emneth are expected to take seven days to complete, subject to suitable weather conditions.  The worn road surface will be replaced on the stretch of road between Wisbech Road roundabout in Outwell and the junction with Bramble Lane.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:  “The extra money will be particularly useful in a year where we have been recovering from an extreme winter and a very hot summer.  We’ve been very busy already as crews have repaired more than 5300 potholes since April 2018 and this will allow us to continue this road repair and improvement work.

“Since the extra roads funding was announced we’ve been working hard to plan how to make best use of the £12.7m.  Our focus will be on pothole repairs and resurfacing, particularly on a number of roads in the Fens which were badly affected by the hot summer weather.  Money will also go towards bridge maintenance, and repairs of signs and drains.

“We know that potholes are a big issue for road users so we are grateful for any opportunity to help us improve the condition of roads across Norfolk.”

More work will take place across the county in the coming months as the grant needs to be spent before the end of the financial year.

A number of schemes are set to go ahead using this extra Government funding between now and the end of March 2019.  Details are still being finalised however other likely schemes will see resurfacing on the A1122 Downham Market bypass, and surface improvements on both the A149 at Repps with Bastwick, and the B1145 in Rougham.

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