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Repair boost for west Norfolk’s bumpy fen roads ‘won’t be enough’

PUBLISHED: 13:52 03 January 2019 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 January 2019

Fen roads are prone to subsidence - Engine Road, at Ten Mile Bank, in 2011 Picture: Matthew Usher.

Fen roads are prone to subsidence - Engine Road, at Ten Mile Bank, in 2011 Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Millions won’t be enough to fix west Norfolk’s bumpy roads according to the RAC.

Norfolk County Council is set to spend £2m at 26 different sites in the Fens over the next three months.

It is part of the extra £12.7m Norfolk County Council received from the government to spend on road maintenance in 2018/19.

Martin Wilby, chair 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 spokesman for the RAC said: “£12m won’t be enough. To fix all the pot holes and road surfaces on local roads would cost approximately £9.3bn. £12m will be a big help, but it won’t be enough to fix all the pot holes in Norfolk.

“You are twice as likely to breakdown because of a pothole than you were 12 years ago. In 2017, 5099 pot holes were reported in Norfolk, but we think that is just the tip of the iceberg.”

Hilgay Parish Council member, Peter Bates said: “There has been a few bits and pieces we have needed doing for a while, a lot of the roads haven’t been touched in more than 20 years.

“It has been a long time coming, and it’s good that they are now doing something about the roads, we had some work done on the street lights so the roads being resurfaced would be the cherry on the cake.”

Fen roads are built on peat, which expands and contracts at different times of the year, causing bumps and dips in the tarmac.

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 re-laid 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 under way.

The £2m repair and resurfacing work will begin towards the end of this month at:

Engine Road – Hilgay

Magdalen High Road – St Germans

Station Road – Hilgay

West Drove North – Walpole and 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

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