Roads may be repaired following cash boost
Government cash earmarked for road repairs in the Budget could be used to fix a number of massive dips in local roads.
Peterborough City Council had been warning that serious subsidence affecting a number of roads was unlikely to be sorted out before next year.
The extreme cold of the so-called Beast from the East spring storm, followed by a very dry summer has been blamed for causing subsidence on fenland roads, and Thorney Parish Council has complained about two particularly bad cases – one on the Causeway as you enter the village by the old nursery and another on North Bank heading towards Whittlesey, just before Fouracres car dealership.
The city council has put up warning signs and had said there was no cash to repair the roads this financial year.
But now, the council has secured £1.5 million for urgent repairs and has said it will announce in December which roads are to be fixed.
Fenland roads, which are built on clay or peat foundations are highly prone to subsidence due to drought and the city council has already undertaken a huge programme of repairs on local fen roads this year.