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
By working together NOW we can, and WILL, achieve our target.
A final decision will be made in APRIL.
These organisations are already supportive of the Oxford Relief River scheme:
DEFRA - a grant can be anticipated
Thames Regional Flood & Coastal Committee - a grant can be anticipated
Oxfordshire County Council - Lead Local Flood Authority
Oxford City Council - is backing the scheme
We hope that these organisations, who will all benefit, will want to contribute.
Discussions are ongoing.
Vale of White Horse District Council
South Oxfordshire District Council
Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership
Scottish & Southern Energy, SSE
Oxford Brookes University
If everybody contributes the target is achievable.
Oxford will be free of the blight of frequent flooding.
Both Oxford MPs - Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West & Abingdon) and Andrew Smith (Oxford
East) - are backing the Oxford Relief River (and associated schemes for Abingdon).
Read what they have to say about these projects and flooding in general.
IF YOU LOVE OXFORD AND HATE FLOODING, READ ON.
A FLOOD-FREE OXFORD IS NOT AN UNATTAINABLE DREAM - IT'S WITHIN OUR GRASP, RIGHT NOW.