New signs could show flood levels on A1101 at Welney in Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 16:26 13 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:26 13 February 2013

Signs remain in place at Welney after flood waters have receded. Picture: Ian Burt

Signs remain in place at Welney after flood waters have receded. Picture: Ian Burt

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Electronic signposts showing real-time flooding updates will be installed to alert drivers about the state of the A1101 Welney Wash road.

Road closure signs currently remain in place after the water has receded, causing unnecessary diversions.

Regular road users often disregard the signs, leading to problems when the flood waters return.

Welney Parish Councillors have met Norfolk County Council officials to discuss plans for the signposts.

North East Cambridgeshire MP Steve Barclay, who is campaigning for a causeway to be built over the flood plain, said: “Flooding on the Welney Wash is a recurring problem for residents and the possibility of electronic road signs would provide an effective short-term solution.

“Flooding in the area for around 50 days per year is a major inconvenience and impacts on local business.

“We need to take concrete measures to limit this issue and work with local authorities to take action on long-term solutions like our campaign for a causeway.”

Under the parish partnership scheme, Norfolk County Council has offered to fund 75pc of the £15,000 cost of the signs, meaning the parish council is now on the hunt for the remaining £3,750.

Mr Barclay will meet with MPs and councillors at the site on March 22 to highlight the issues. He has written to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Norfolk County Council asking for a feasibility study on the project to build a causeway.

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