Traffic restrictions on busy road for 8 days due to flood works

Traffic regulations are expected to cause delays on a busy road for eight days to allow for investigations to be carried out with the aim of reducing the flood risk in the area.

Ratby Road in Groby will have parking restrictions from Monday, June 17 for eight days. Two way traffic lights will also be installed.

A temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) is required when there is a need to stop or limit vehicle or pedestrian traffic on a road for three days or more.

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Leicestershire County Council said the TTRO will be implemented for public safety for Severn Trent Water and their contractors to undertake investigatory works, to look to reduce the flood risk - known as a flood alleviation scheme. The council said during the restrictions, alternative routes will be available to all traffic.

In February of this year, a proposed budget amendment calling on Leicestershire County Council to increase funding for flood prevention was put forward. The Liberal Democrat opposition on the Conservative -run council put forward the suggested changes at the budget meeting, Wednesday February 21.

The amendment was filed by the Lib Dems' finance spokesman Simon Galton calling on the council to pour more money into flood prevention measures. Much of the county was left underwater at the start of the year after being battered by Storm Henk.

The motion was rejected, noting that the local authority was already proposing to set aside £400,000 for flood prevention work as part of its budget.