Joint bid to repair damaged highways

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COUNCILS have joined together to apply for millions of pounds to repair roads cracked by the dry weather.

Lincolnshire County Council has teamed up with neighbouring authorities in Peterborough, Cambridge, Norfolk and Suffolk to submit a multi-million pound bid to the Department for Transport for funds to repair damaged roads.

About 150 locations where roads have dried out and cracked have been identified around the county, including roads running through Morton Fen near Bourne.

Executive member for highways and transportation at the council, Coun William Webb (Con), 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.”

The bid will be submitted by the end of March.