River Thames Scheme goes on show

9 November 2022

The River Thames Scheme (RTS) is launching a six-week consultation this autumn for people to have their say on new plans which respond to the challenges of flooding and creating more access to open green spaces and sustainable travel routes.

The scheme which includes a new flood channel will reduce the risk of flooding to homes, businesses, and infrastructure, while also providing habitat for wildlife and a new feature in the landscape for recreation. The channel will be flanked by new areas of public green open space, for recreation and spending time with nature.

New footpaths and cycleways will also run along the channel and through the new public spaces, linking different elements of the scheme with communities and providing better connections within and across the area. Areas of new and improved habitat for wildlife and nature recovery will connect with existing nature sites and wildlife corridors to provide a new nature recovery network along the length of the channel that supports even more biodiversity.   

The plans which will be going on display include: 

  • Capacity increases around the weirs at Teddington, Sunbury and Molesey and around the Desborough Cut
  • A new river channel built in two sections – one section through Runnymede (between Egham Hythe and Chertsey) and one through Spelthorne (between Littleton North lake and the Desborough Cut)  
  • Improved access to quality green open space and connections with wildlife, in addition to supporting a more sustainable travel network  
  • A network of high-quality habitat to achieve a biodiversity net gain  

The consultation will run from Tuesday 8 November until Tuesday 20 December 2022 with the new plans taking into account feedback from a previous consultation in 2016.

Find the full details of the consultation events and how to get involved online or call the Environment Agency National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506 506.

The River Thames Scheme is a multi-agency partnership, with development led by the Environment Agency and Surrey County Council.

The scheme is part of the Environment Agency's wider flood management strategy along the River Thames. It is also part of Surrey County Council's county-wide flood resilience strategy.

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Updated: 9 November 2022

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