An MP has hailed a bid to raise the Welney Causeway and prevent future closures caused by regular flooding as “extremely encouraging”.
With hopes of enabling the community to use the road even when the Ouse Washes are flooded, Norfolk County Council has submitted a bid to the Government’s Grant in Aid (GiA) for a £1.1m project to raise the road.
First raising the problems with the Environment Agency in 2011, South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss called a flood summit last March with the parish council, local councils, highways and Environment Agency to look at improving the road.
She said: “I do not want local residents and businesses to suffer more costly delays and diversions caused by the regular closure of the Causeway.”
The MP also supported councillors in their bid for dot matrix signs at the Causeway, which would offer real-time flooding heights and called on the county council to place further signs on the approach to Welney, giving drivers early warnings of flooding.
Last week, she was due to meet with the Environment Agency, the county council, internal drainage board and local councillors to discuss the matter further.
Before the meeting, she said: “This is extremely encouraging. I will continue to work with everyone to ensure progress is made and support Norfolk County Council in securing funds for road improvements.”
Spanning 14 miles of the Ouse Washes Flood Storage Reservoir, part of the Environment Agency’s flood management system for the country, the Welney Wash road is often submerged.
Motorists are often left to take lengthy diversions when water is released from the Bedford stretch of the River Ouse before arriving at The Wash.
Concerns were also raised at the number of HGVs arriving in the village which were forced to turn around in the village upon discovering road closures.