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MP calls for county assessment on Hanley Road raising

20th December 2019

West Worcestershire MP Harriett Baldwin has called for a formal assessment on the costs involved in raising the often-flooded Hanley Road in Upton-upon-Severn.

The busy road was closed again this week after river levels rose forcing motorists to make long diversions, including pupils attending Hanley Castle High School.

Harriett persuaded Worcestershire County Council to invest in the major road-raising project at Ryall helping Upton to stay open for business during times of serious flooding.

And the town has also benefitted from two major permanent flood schemes helping to protect the town. Next year, work is expected to start on a new roundabout at the A38 junction improving traffic flows from the motorway and between Pershore and the town.

Harriett commented: “The Hanley Road often floods and I know how frustrating it is for local road users and people going to and from the secondary school.

“I have always been told that it is a complex and potentially expensive project, but with all the other major work either completed or in the pipeline, I’d like the county council to look at this challenge with fresh eyes.

“The Government is keen to look at how it invests in major infrastructure projects so if the council gets a clear vision for how we can keep this road open, I will be happy to champion it in Westminster.”

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