Council bags £2million boost to held repair damaged roads

File photo: roadworks
File photo: roadworks

More than £2million has been given to Bucks County Council to help them repair damaged roads.

Following one of the wettest winters on record, many of Buckinghamshire’s roads suffered damage as a result of widespread flooding.

In response to the nationwide problem the government established a Severe Weather Recovery Scheme (SWRS) which is aimed at supporting communities in repairing local highway networks.

Bucks County Council submitted a bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) for a share of the cash and was awarded £2,507,486 to help repair damage to the local road network.

Bosses say that the extra funding will supplement the funding already allocated for the countywide road treatment and drainage programmes.

Ruth Vigor-Hedderly, Cabinet Member for Transportation said: “This additional budget is very welcome, and I would like to personally thank the team involved in securing this amount of funding.

“It will mean that we can target repair work to the roads that were most severely damaged by the flooding over the winter, which is really good news.”

The council says that the extra money can only be used to repair flood-hit roads. Assessments of the selected sites across the county have been carried out to confirm the full extent of work required, along with any necessary drainage works to reduce or prevent flooding in the future.