£30,000 project to repair March’s Nene Parade following landslide to begin tomorrow

PUBLISHED: 14:50 01 September 2014 | UPDATED: 14:50 01 September 2014

A section of the river bank collapsed. Picture: Steve Williams.

A section of the river bank collapsed. Picture: Steve Williams.

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Work will start tomorrow to repair the area of river bank that slipped following the March floods.

A section of Nene Parade in March, near the Town Bridge, has been closed since the two bank slips on August 8.

The bank will be repaired and reinforced, with extra drainage installed in the area to help reduce the risk of another landslide.

The scheme, which should be completed by September 26, 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.

Extra local drainage provisions are being installed which will discharge carriageway water into the river via a new positive drainage system installed within the bank.

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.

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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