Leicestershire council plans barriers to stop cars driving in flooded road

A Leicestershire council wants to add gates to an infamous ford where drivers keep getting stuck.

A number of drivers have needed rescuing from Watery Gate Lane in Thurlaston over the last few years.

Blaby District Council said it wanted to install gates to stop drivers using the road when water levels are high.

It pledged £16,250 towards the £65,000 cost. It wants Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council to fund the rest.

A number of options have been reviewed and the gate barrier is the preferred solution over an electronic or flip-down warning sign.

The council said the gates would be operated by the local parish flood warden to physically prevent drivers from entering a situation that presents “a serious risk to life”.

Hinckley and Bosworth council has yet to decide if it will contribute to the project.

Blaby District Council said the plan would require a full consultation before going ahead as it would affect farm access.

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