Welney flooding solution is on target

The flooded road at Welney

The flooded road at Welney - Credit: Archant

A flooding solution for Welney is on target with the news that a study into it is running to time schedules.

A campaign to help prevent drivers facing long detours when the road is closed for weeks at a time during winter is on target.

In an update into proposals to raise the A1101 Welney Causeway, Dave Stephens, Norfolk County council’s head of infra-structure management, explained work was progressing.

He said: “Despite all the challenges, everyone involved from all sides is engaging positively and I am confident we will deliver this. Should the result not be a feasible scheme option, the work will still help us to consider whether other opportunities can be sought for a solution.”

He said Norfolk County Council and representatives from Mouchel, the infrastructure consultants, have met with the Environment Agency and the model should be ready for work to start in April.

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Mouchel have submitted their proposals for carrying out the flood modelling elements of the options assessment work.

Mr Stephens said they will be examining other options in addition to raising the level of the road, such as changes within the flood management regime, which will help build the business case.

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Mr Stephens said the Environment Agency is continuing to work with the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to ensure the funding agreed for the project is released to the county council and he is confident this is close to completion.

Mr Barclay said: “It is great the feasibility work is on target and that we should have a potential scheme to help solve this major problem within the next couple of months. Drivers face long, time consuming and costly detours when this road is closed due to flooding and the sooner we can find a solution the better.”

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