Flood-ravaged city demands prime minister builds it a new bridge
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Environment
David Cameron has been called upon to build a flood-hit city a new bridge.
The leader of Worcester City Council has demanded that the government pays for the construction of a second traffic bridge over the River Severn to keep the city moving during floods.
The city ground to halt last week when the River Severn rose to record heights.
In response to the prime minister's visit to Worcestershire to see flood damage for himself, councillor Adrian Gregson said: “It’s a pity David Cameron did not visit Worcester itself, because I would have been able to show him the misery our businesses face when the only river crossing in the city has to close because of high water levels on the Severn.
“Last week’s closure of the bridge made it very difficult to visit our city centre from the west and south, and many of our businesses really struggled as a result.
“If the prime minister wants to be true to his word when he says money is no object, then he needs to dig deep to find the cash to pay for the building of a second river crossing within the city boundary.
“The River Severn floods regularly and we need to ensure our great city’s businesses do not suffer every time it happens. We need to keep traffic moving so that Worcester can develop as a city of prosperity, ambition and opportunity.”
Plans for a second traffic bridge in Worcester have been discussed since 2010, when they formed part of a proposal for a northern link relief road in the city. So far, there has been no progress on the proposal.