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£2m extra funding for Norfolk’s Fen roads

03 January 2019

An extra £2m will be spent over the next three months to repair and resurface roads at 26 sites in West Norfolk.

The funding is part of the extra £12.694m Norfolk County Council received from the Government to spend on road maintenance in 2018/19.  This money is Norfolk’s share of the £420m made available to local authorities in England, that was announced in the Budget on 29 October 2018.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of the Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said:  “This represents a significant investment in West Norfolk’s Fen roads which were particularly badly affected by the heatwave over the summer, and the Beast from the East, last February and March.  The extra Government money is very welcome and we’re making sure we spend it where it’s most needed.”

A specialist surface recycling technique will be used to return the bumpy roads to a level surface.  The current section of road will be pulverised and relaid giving a smooth finish which will then be topped with a new tarmac surface.

Information on any temporary road closures that may be necessary will be provided to residents and businesses adjacent to the resurfacing schemes before work gets underway.

The £2m repair and resurfacing work will get underway towards the end of January on sections of road at the following locations:

  • Engine Road – Hilgay
  • Magdalen High Road – Wiggenhall St Germans
  • Station Road – Hilgay
  • West Drove North – Walpole/West Walton
  • The Street – Marham
  • Poplar Row Road – Outwell
  • Lady Drove – Downham West
  • The Drove – Stow Bardolph
  • River Bank – Hilgay
  • Outwell Road – Stow Bardolph
  • Hundred Foot Bank – Welney
  • Stow Road – Magdalen
  • Severalls Road – Methwold
  • Watlington Road – Tottenhill
  • Thieves Bridge Road – Watlington
  • College Road – Wereham
  • Middle Drove – Marshland St James
  • Robbs Lane – Outwell
  • Black Drove – Feltwell
  • Spice Chase – Tilney St Lawrence
  • Garners Lane – Marshland St James
  • Marshland Fen Road – Stow Bardolph
  • Birchfield Road – Nordelph
  • Boothes Road – Nordelph
  • Rands Drove – Marshland St James
  • Gooses Lane – Marshland St James

The extra £12.694m Government funding is for road maintenance across Norfolk.  Work is taking place over the coming months as the grant needs to be spent before the end of the financial year.  Schemes will focus on pothole repairs and resurfacing, and may also include bridge maintenance, and repairs of signs and drains.

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