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Final designs for Thames flood channel complete

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The final outline design for the Environment Agency’s plan to build a new flood channel alongside the River Thames has been completed.

The final outline design includes a plan to shorten the channel to just under 15km.

In addition, the area around the flood channel will provide new footpaths and cycle paths that have been designed to connect to the existing network. New footbridges connecting footpaths are also set to be built across the flood channel.

A spokesperson for the Environment Agency said: “During development, over 50 different options were considered to manage flood risk between Datchet and Teddington.

“Data collection, surveys and engagement with stakeholders and communities have enabled the project team to design the most effective channel.”

Proposals under the final design concern landscape enhancement, recreation opportunities and habitat creation.

More than 100 hectares of new habitat will also be created to ensure the project does not cause a net loss in biodiversity.

So far, £354M of funding has been provided for construction of the project, representing more than half the money required for it to be completed.

Funding has so been received in the form of government investment of more than £250M and partnership funding of more than £60M.

“Partners are continuing to work together on negotiations with government, business and industry to secure the remaining funding,” the Environment Agency has revealed.

The scheme is being delivered in partnership by the Environment Agency; Elmbridge Borough Council; the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames; the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames; Runnymede Borough Council; Spelthorne Borough Council; Surrey County Council; the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead; the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs; Thames Water; and the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • This is a serious piece of engineering, taking flood water all the way to the tidal Thames. I assume that it will connect at the upstream end to the existing Maidenhead to Windsor flood channel?

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  • Under what modelling?

    We've been waiting for the much delayed Lower Thames model since September 2016 and yet the model still isn't signed off by the EA. I seriously doubt this has been designed based on the 2007 1D only model.

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  • It would be nice to know the location.....

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