22nd Sep, 2020

Upton flood improvements help town be ready for summer

COUNTY council chiefs and their contracts have been working hard throughout the winter and spring to raise an Upton road to reduce the impact of flooding in the future.

Worcestershire County Council have been working hard to raise the A4104 in a bid to prevent major flooding.

In 2007, the town was so badly hit by flooding it had been reduced to an island.

More recently, in 2014 the A4104 had to be closed for several days due to flooding and the only way to access Upton was by boat or army truck.

Coun Tony Miller, cabinet member with Responsibility for the environment said: “Whilst the main aim of the scheme in Upton has always been to raise the road to reduce the likelihood of future flooding, we’re proud to have been able to deliver additional improvements to the area.

“Phase One and Two of the scheme, which we managed to complete ahead of schedule, has seen the installation of a new dedicated right hand turn into the Marina, new wider footpaths, upgraded street lighting and a newly resurfaced and white lined stretch of raised road.

“All of which are a big benefit to the area.”

Following discussions with Upton Festival organisers, Malvern Showground, Upton Town Council and Business Partnership, works have moved off site for the summer.

This helps to reduce the impact on traffic flows during the busy festival season which is vital for the area.

The flood alleviation scheme in Upton forms part of a programme of schemes delivered by the county council to reduce the risk of flooding on key sections of the highway network.

The main aim being to keep residents and businesses moving during flooding and keep Worcestershire ‘Open for Business’.

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