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City gets 6m for flood-hit roads
Flooding in the Brightside Lane area of Sheffield
Much of Sheffield was badly affected by the summer floods
Sheffield is to get 6.3m to pay for repairs to roads and bridges damaged by the summer floods.

Transport minister Rosie Winterton announced the windfall as she opened the final stretch of the city's 65m inner relief road on Thursday.

Two people were killed and roads and properties were damaged as massive floods raged through Sheffield in June.

Ms Winterton said she was shocked by the "terrible damage" caused and more money would be available if needed.

Investment hopes

She said: "This flood repair money should allow work to continue on the damaged roads and I want to assure local people that we are continuing to work with the council to identify further costs and we will seriously consider any further claims for funding.

"Work on the inner relief road was held up by those floods and I'm glad to be here to officially open it today.

"Not only will this new road ease congestion, but by removing traffic from the city centre it will make Sheffield a better place to live, work and do business."

Ms Winterton said the new road would also unlock regeneration sites around the city centre, which she hoped would bring new investment.

Construction on the first phase of the inner relief road project began in June 1995. Work on the latest phase began in 2004 and opened to cars on Monday.

SEE ALSO
New city ring road opens to cars
19 Nov 07 |  South Yorkshire
MP visits flooded estate victims
03 Nov 07 |  South Yorkshire
Flood relief fund breaks 1m mark
02 Oct 07 |  South Yorkshire
City put on blocked drains alert
10 Aug 07 |  South Yorkshire
In Pictures: Flooding in Yorkshire
26 Jun 07 |  In Pictures
Two die in Sheffield flood chaos
25 Jun 07 |  South Yorkshire

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