Drought damaged roads nominated for awards but potholes still cause disruption across our road network

Conditions have been might what you regard as challenging along the A1101.

Conditions have been might what you regard as challenging along the A1101. - Credit: Archant

Council bosses have been nominated for awards for their approach to tackle drought damaged roads - as potholes remain littered across the county.

Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council highways have been nominated for two awards after being selected via the drought damage roads programme as a finalist for the way the teams have worked together on the project.

It comes as an eight-week closure of the A1101 to repair it is still in place following a major campaign to get more than 40 miles of drought damaged roads back up to standard.

At the start of this year, county councillor Bill Hunt offered a public apology for the number of potholes across Cambridgeshire.

But the snowy weather and winter temperatures in recent weeks have continued to cause havoc across the county’s road network, with complaints still pouring in on social media.


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The authorities were selected via The Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Innovation Awards and The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) East of England Project of the Year Award.

The project involves reconstructing from the top road surface through to the foundations and recycling the existing road material where possible.

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Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Mathew Shuter, said: “The awards have been extremely competitive, with organisations taking part from across the UK and we’re delighted to have been shortlisted in both categories.

“We’ve worked closely with Peterborough during the planning of this work to ensure we minimised disruption to the public as much as possible.”

The scheme to repair roads affected by extreme weather conditions was made possible thanks to a successful joint bid by Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council to the Department for Transport.

A total of £3.5million was secured for the scheme; seven sections of road are complete in Peterborough, with only two roads to go and another 11 in Cambridgeshire.

This fund has been topped up by both councils bringing the total investment to £6.25million.

The winners for the APSE awards will be announced at a presentation evening on March 22.

The winners for CIHT East of England will be announced on May 12.

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