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£857,000 to be Spent on Fixing Flood Damaged Roads in North Yorkshire

Flooded Road

3:13pm 20th February 2013

A programme of road improvements to repair damage caused by last year’s flooding and to avoid similar problems in the future has been announced today by North Yorkshire County Council.

The Council will spend an additional £857,000 tackling road drainage issues on top of a £723,000 programme already agreed.  In addition, the council had already allocated £2 million to pay for road repairs.

“North Yorkshire suffered severely during the floods of last autumn and winter,” said County Councill John Weighell, the Leader of the Council.

“This is our attempt to ensure that the damage caused to the road network is put right, and that we are well placed in the event of future incidents of a similar kind.”

The council will prioritise the programme on a “worst-first” basis, and intends to begin tackling the most serious problems immediately.

“We regard this very much as an investment,” added Councillor Weighell.  “North Yorkshire’s road network is of vital importance in keeping England’s largest county on the move.  Reducing surface water on the roads – and cuttijng down on the need for road closures because of flooding – is a top priority for us, and this major new investment demonstrates our commitment to tackling the issue head-on.”

The extra money being allocated to drainage work has been made available by the Government in response to lobbying by the county council and local MPs over the disparity between funding for urban and rural authorities in the latest Government settlements

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