Partners are focused and working hard on securing a long-term solution.
The Oxford floodplain narrows markedly, both geologically and because of railway,roads
and buildings, in the Redbridge/north Kennington area. Water builds up, flooding
Oxford. This is happening every two or three years. It causes immediate damage and
distress to homeowners and businesses, difficulty with road and rail transport, with
deliveries and with getting to work. In the longer term it is damaging Oxford's reputation
as a place to do business.
The only long-term solution on the table is the multi-partner OXFORD RELIEF RIVER
(previously known as the Western Conveyance) designed to reduce flooding to once
in every 75 years. A decision will be taken in the next two months. In our view,
other ideas, such as making changes upstream to hold water back, would not be enough
on their own to overcome the problems of the narowing of the floodplain described