Oxford and Abingdon Scheme Still on the Table

The Environment Agency together with their partners continues to explore and test all options for a technically, environmentally and financially viable scheme that will reduce flood risk to residents and businesses in Oxford.

One of the options is to deliver improved capacity in the western floodplain of Oxford with a new flood relief channel.

The Agency is in the process of gathering the evidence needed to gain approval from Defra, HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office. They are currently consulting on their draft case, which (if approved) will allow them to proceed with the full detailed appraisal of the scheme.

If approved a channel would flow through the western floodplain of Oxford in two sections between the Botley Road and Redbridge and between Kennington and Sandford-on-Thames. Wherever possible it is likely to consist of a two stage channel formed from a combination of widened existing watercourses and new sections of channel.

According to the Agency, there is still a significant amount of investigation required to enable the business case to be prepared and at present a scheme has not yet been approved or designed. The earliest that approval will be given for a scheme to go ahead will be spring 2018.

 

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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