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Author Topic: £2.1m government grant to help repair the borough’s flood-hit highways  (Read 1170 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: June 12, 2014, 12:01:56 PM »

The Royal Borough has secured a £2.1m grant from the government to repair its network of roads, pavements and public rights of way that were damaged during the severe floods.

More than £1.5m of the grant will be spent on a programme of 40 resurfacing works which will include two showcase schemes – the A308 Windsor Road and Dedworth Road where 750-metre stretches will be repaired in August.

The rest of the grant will be spent as follows:

  • £100,000 to repair footways
  • £100,000 to assist residents to repair private roads
  • £250,000 for public rights of way repairs, including the Thames Path in Hurley where the riverbank was washed away
  • £50,000 to survey bridges that may have been affected by the flooding
  • £100,000 to improve drainage systems, including ditch clearance, gulley clearing and local repairs.
     

Cllr Carwyn Cox, cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The central government grant is a welcome boost to try and help the borough’s highways recover from one of the worst periods of flooding in recent memory.”

In addition, £1.65m is being spent as part of the council’s annual resurfacing and patching programme which will run alongside the flood repair scheme across the borough. The full list of sites affected can be found at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/transport_resurfacing.htm

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It is going to take some time and effort to get our highways fully repaired and functional once again.

“Residents have been extremely patient and understanding during this difficult time and we ask, once again, for their continued co-operation as we embark on this very important programme of works.”

Residents who spot any defects in the highways network can report the problem via the online Fix It form or by contacting streetcare customer services on 01628 683804 or streetcare@rbwm.gov.uk 
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2014, 05:31:07 PM »

I see nothing in there to raise the level of the road across the moor. I see money there to repair footpaths that the Water Authority has neglected for years!
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2014, 09:20:59 PM »

Mark my word, when the next flood comes, and come it will. I don’t want to hear the moans and groans that we have had in the past. Now is the time to push the council at all levels to improve the elevation of the road crossing the moor. Don’t be a bunch of Grasshoppers! As in the fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant.
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