Cash awarded to improve flood resilience on Thornbury and Oldbury roads

August 24 2017

SEVERAL roads in Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn will have their flood resilience improved after the Government awarded money for the work to be carried out.

SEVERAL roads in Thornbury and Oldbury-on-Severn will have their flood resilience improved after the Government awarded money for the work to be carried out.

The Challenge Fund cash of £3.4 million is for a number of roads in South Gloucestershire and will be used in places which have been affected by flooding in the past due to extreme weather.

They include Oldbury Lane in Thornbury and Church Road, Chapel Road and Camp Road in Oldbury. Other roads on the list include the High Street, Winterbourne, and the B4058 in Bagstone, Rangeworthy.

The work to be carried out includes upgrading drainage systems. South Gloucestershire Council said the use of innovative methods would reduce the need for reactive maintenance works and ultimately lead to money being saved.

Each project was identified using a system developed in the South West which enables engineers to establish areas that are at risk and identify the economic gain to the locality and community if a solution is found and the risk mitigated.

The council said it wanted to make its roads more resilient and to withstand greater rainfall.

It said it would be able to install new technology to help monitor rainfall and water levels, allowing it to better understand the risks being faced in communities, to plan better responses to flooding events and to have more effective maintenance.

Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for planning, transport and environment, said: “This new funding will benefit South Gloucestershire residents and other road users by reducing the disruption caused by flooding when we see extreme weather

“By putting in better drainage systems, the council will also save money long term by reducing the need for expensive repair work.

“We have successfully lobbied Government for this funding because we need to make sure that our infrastructure can cope as the environment changes.

“While our budgets remain tight, this extra money means we can continue to invest for the future as well as managing the day to day needs of road users.”

The council will make a contribution towards the schemes from its maintenance budget.