Bid made to fix drought-damaged roads in Boston

MOTORISTS suffering drought-damaged roads in Boston may soon have a reprieve, after a bid was submitted for funding to repair the worst-affected areas.

Highways authority Lincolnshire County Council is hoping to receive £6.5 million to fix the cracked roads, which have been caused by a lack of moisture in the soil under the surface.

It is one of five neighbouring councils planning to submit bids to the parliamentary under-secretary of state for transport, Norman Baker MP. The others are Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire County Councils and Peterborough City Council.

Coun William Webb, Lincolnshire County Council executive member for highways and transportation, said the persistent drought can make the roads dangerous for drivers.

He added: “The state of some roads, mainly in the south of the county, is causing us real concern.

“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.”

More than half of the worst-affected roads are in the south of Lincolnshire, including Boston.

The council received £5.355 million following a similar bid in 2004. At the time it was believed to be the highest amount awarded in the country.