Councils seek road maintenance funding

Five neighbouring councils have submitted a joint bid in an attempt to gain extra cash for roads in need of urgent repair.

Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire County Council’s along with Peterborough City Council have requested funding from the Department for transport to repair their drought-damaged roads.

A lack of moisture since June last year means roads have shrunk causing cracks to appear on the surface.

Lincolnshire has been particularly affected with cracks identified in 150 areas of road.

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor William Webb, said: “It makes real sense to work together with neighbouring local authorities that are also suffering with drought-damaged roads.

“Working within much reduced budgets, there is no money specifically available to address this problem, which is why we are making a direct bid to the Department for Transport. We want to do all we can to make sure the roads are as safe as possible for people to use.

“We are also currently working together to produce some consistent signage that can be put in place on problem roads, throughout the five counties, to help motorists take extra care in the meantime.”

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