Breaking News: Drought causes £6.5m worth of damage to Lincolnshire roads

THE COUNTY council has called on the governemnt to fund over £6.5million worth of road repairs in the area after the continuing drought wrought havoc on the local roads network.

It is one of five local authorities which are expected to apply for multi-million pound emergency funding from the Department for Transport after drying soils left roads crumbling across the county.

Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, Councillor William Webb, said: “The state of some roads, mainly in the south of the county, is causing us real concern.

“The persistent drought means the soil shrinks under the roads from a lack of moisture.

“Road surfaces become uneven as cracks appear, making it difficult for motorists to drive along.

“We are in a similar situation to our neighbouring authorities and feel that taking a common approach to the identification of the worst roads puts us in a stronger position to bid for additional money to help tackle this exceptional problem.”

A total of 154 sites have been identified in Lincolnshire as priority areas, with more than half in the south east of the county.

Lincolnshire County Council received £5.355m following a similar bid back in 2004 – believed to have been the highest amount awarded at the time in the country.

Norfolk County Council, Suffolk County Council, Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council are also expected to submit bids imminently.

Lincolnshire has worked with these other authorities to take a consistent approach to the identification, assessment and prioritisation of the worst affected locations.