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Potholes have opened up on the UK’s first Dutch-style roundabout at Fendon Road despite the project costing £1.4m more than initially planned.

Fendon Road roundabout the surface of which is alreadyy reaking up . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46508093)
Fendon Road roundabout the surface of which is alreadyy reaking up . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46508093)

The Fendon Road roundabout at the junction of Fendon Road, Queen Edith’s Way and Mowbray Road was designed to give equal priority to cyclists and pedestrians ahead of motorists.

The aim was to improve the safety of the site, which has a poor accident record.

The cost of the project had ballooned from an early estimate of £800,000 to £2.2m by the time it officially opened on July 31, 2020.

A Cambridgeshire County Council spokesperson said: “We are aware of some surfacing issues at this roundabout. The necessary resurfacing will be undertaken by our contractor at their own cost in June.”

Contractor Skanska agreed the roundabout surface shows signs of deterioration and confirmed it would foot the repair bill.

Fendon Road roundabout the surface of which is alreadyy reaking up . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46508091)
Fendon Road roundabout the surface of which is alreadyy reaking up . Picture: Keith Heppell. (46508091)

“We anticipate the works taking place as part of a single overnight road closure in June,” a spokesperson said.

In February, the county council confirmed that councillors had only been asked to approve more than £1m of additional spending on the project a month before works were completed.

Vanessa Kelly, senior project officer, said officers “thought we’ve got to build this thing and just get on with it”.

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