Solution for Welney Wash on the horizon

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Proposals on how to solve the issue of Welney’s infamous Wash Road should be ready in the Spring as work on a feasibility study continues.

Local MP Steve Barclay, who has backed a campaign to find a way to prevent the road being closed for weeks at a time due to flooding in the winter months, has welcomed news that data-gathering activities are on target.

In an update on the work being carried out on proposals to raise the A1101 Welney Causeway, Dave Stephens, Norfolk County council’s head of infra-structure management, said work should be ready to start in April.

Mr Stephens said the council, along with the Environment Agency and infrastructure consultants Mouchel, will be looking at other options in addition to raising the level of the road, such as changes within the flood management regime.

He also 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.

He added: “Despite all the challenges, everyone involved 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.”

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