Works are set to start tomorrow, Tuesday, 2 September to repair and improve the area of March river bank that slipped following a severe rain storm that hit the town and Fenland area.

A section of Nene Parade in March, near the Town Bridge, has been closed since the two bank slips in August following record amounts of rain.

Works will not only include repairing and reinforcing the bank but installing extra drainage in the area to help reduce the risk of a slip happening again in this way.

The scheme is a joint project between Cambridgeshire County Council and Middle Level Commissioners (MLC). Both organisations are splitting the £30,000 costs with the MLC carrying out the work.

The remedial works are to strengthen the bank via gabion baskets; which will then be covered with topsoil and planted with a specified grass mix to further prevent erosion. To greatly this happening in the future; additional local drainage provisions are being installed which will discharge carriageway water into the river via a new positive drainage system installed within the bank.

It is anticipated works will be completed no later than 26 September but if dates should change, the on street advanced notice boards will be updated.

The works will be completed within the existing road closure, ensuring that pedestrian access is maintained at all times. The working times during the project will typically be 8am "“ 4pm Monday to Friday. During this time access to households will continue as per the existing arrangement.

Adam Cobb, Bridge Engineer for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "We have been working closely with Middle Level Commissioners on the scheme to repair and strengthen the bank as well as put in extra drainage. We apologise for any inconvenience and will open the road as soon as we can."


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