Surrey’s flood-hit roads repair bill cut by £5m

It is estimated that repairing damage to roads and bridges will cost at least £15m.

It is estimated that repairing damage to roads and bridges will cost at least £15m.

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Surrey’s flood-hit roads repair bill has been cut by a third after the Government pledged more than £5m.

It is estimated that repairing damage to roads and bridges from the flooding between Christmas and February will cost Surrey County Council (SCC) a minimum of £15m.

It was confirmed last week that Surrey will now get £5.3m as part of a beefed-up emergency recovery fund to help communities nationwide.

The council is working to repair 2,500 of the worst-hit roads and fixed 18,500 potholes in January and February. Its £15m repair bill includes the replacement of a bridge near Reigate.

David Hodge, leader of SCC, said: "That’s just the tip of the iceberg as we’re still assessing the damage.

"This repair bill is a massive burden on our finances, so we’re very grateful for this extra £5.3m Government funding."

More than a year ago SCC launched its £100m-resurfacing programme, Operation Horizon, to overhaul more than 310 miles of Surrey’s roads.

Its website said works are "weather dependant" and programmes are likely to change due to flooding this year and storms in the Autumn.

The announcement of extra government money coincided with a Hertfordshire cyclist winning almost £70,000 in damages from his county council after hitting a pothole and receiving brain injuries.

Alan Curtis’ solicitor hailed the High Court judgement as possibly "opening the floodgates" to other pothole claims.

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9:10am Tue 25 Mar 14

EwellMan says...

What everyone needs to do is claim for every bit of damage to their vehicles and peronally for any trips. I never bothered when my son smashed his face tripping on a broken paving slab or a scraped alloy on my car due to a sticking out kerb but if the council and Governement are unwilling to fix the issues then i will now claim for everything and take legal action if they dont pay.

We pay enough taxes so if surey county council woud rather spend the money creating more social housing and building not needed cycle pahs then they have to accept a massive increase in personal injury and car damage claims.
What everyone needs to do is claim for every bit of damage to their vehicles and peronally for any trips. I never bothered when my son smashed his face tripping on a broken paving slab or a scraped alloy on my car due to a sticking out kerb but if the council and Governement are unwilling to fix the issues then i will now claim for everything and take legal action if they dont pay. We pay enough taxes so if surey county council woud rather spend the money creating more social housing and building not needed cycle pahs then they have to accept a massive increase in personal injury and car damage claims. EwellMan
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5:17pm Tue 25 Mar 14

EwellMan_ says...

Yet at the same time I'd like to commend the council for all the work they have put in for the residents affected by the flooding and understand that it can't be easy with the budgets available to resurface every road and footpath in the county. I'm sure everything possible is being done to put these damages right
Yet at the same time I'd like to commend the council for all the work they have put in for the residents affected by the flooding and understand that it can't be easy with the budgets available to resurface every road and footpath in the county. I'm sure everything possible is being done to put these damages right EwellMan_
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