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£2 million plan to fix West Norfolk fen roads announced

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A £2 million funding package to fix damaged roads in West Norfolk has been announced today.

Repairs will be carried out at 26 sites across the borough over the coming months, using funds allocated to Norfolk County Council following last autumn's Budget.

The authority was awarded more than £12.6 million out of a fund of more than £420 million to fix roads in a poor state of repair.

Martin Wilby, chairman of the county council's environment, development and transport committee, said today: “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.”

The works are due to begin later this month, although specific details of the projects and any road closures that may be needed will not be confirmed until closer to their individual start dates.

Officials say a specialist technique will be used to return the bumpy roads to a level surface, in which the current road will be pulverised and re-laid before a new top tarmac surface is laid.

The full list of roads covered by the announcement is as follows:

Downham West: Lady Drove

Feltwell: Black Drove

Hilgay: Engine Road, River Bank, Station Road

Magdalen: Stow Road

Marham: The Street

Marshland St James: Garners Lane, Gooses Lane, Middle Drove, Rands Drove

Methwold: Severalls Road

Nordelph: Birchfield Road, Boothes Road

Outwell: Poplar Row Road, Robbs Lane

St Germans: Magdalen High Road

Stow Bardolph: Marshland Fen Road, Outwell Road, The Drove

Tilney St Lawrence: Spice Chase

Tottenhill: Watlington Road

Walpole/West Walton: West Drove North

Watlington: Thieves Bridge Road

Welney: Hundred Foot Bank

Wereham: College Road

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