Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will be approximately three miles long and will run from the north of Botley Road to re-join the River Thames near Kennington.  The scheme will reduce the risk of flooding from the River Thames to all homes and businesses in Oxford, as well as to services and major transport routes into the city, particularly around Botley and Abingdon Road.  This will help avoid a repeat of the disruption and damage caused by floods in 2007, 2012 and 2013/14. 

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is expected to cost around £120m and is being funded by central government and local partners - Oxfordshire County Council, Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Oxford City Council and Thames Water.  Vale of White Horse District Council is supporting this work. 

Independent review of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme confirms scheme will NOT put downstream communities at greater risk.

Earlier this year we commissioned Water Resource Associates to carry out an independent review into the potential impact of the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. This followed local concern from downstream communities in the Vale that the Oxford scheme could increase their flood risk. 

The results of the independent review confirm that the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will NOT put communities downstream at any greater risk of flooding and support the modelling carried out by the Environment Agency last year. To read the full report click on Oxford Flood Allieviation Scheme Modelling Review (1.1 MB) PDF .

For more information please see Environement Agency information on:

Last reviewed: 06 - 12 - 2017

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