Update from BCC TfB on the flood under Cheddington Road railway bridge

Please be advised that BCC TfB need to carry out more extensive works this year in order to alleviate the flooding under the railway bridge on Cheddington Road.   The parish council has received the following update from BCC TfB:

“The drainage system outfalls into a ditch next to the canal bridge. This ditch needs clearing to allow the water which has backed up to flow into the ditch and canal.

It sounds simple however I need to arrange for a lot of vegetation clearance to be done to gain access to the ditch. Once this initial work has been carried out I will be sending in a contractor with a large excavator to clear the ditch. When the water can freely flow out the headwall pipe and into the ditch there should (in theory) be no further issues.

I will also arrange for the drainage system including the road gullies between the bridge and junction to be cleared.

I will be meeting our tree surgeon contractor on site next week to show him the extent of work required to clear the area. Following this meeting he should be able to undertake the work fairly quickly and then I will arrange for the ditch to be cleared.”

We are aware that a number of residents have been raising queries regarding this flood.  We are also aware that there are currently a number of flood site across the county, some of which are of a more serious nature and have required urgent attention from BCC TfB.  Please be assured that the Highways Authority is aware of the situation and does have steps in place to rectify the issue as soon as possible.  In the meantime, please take extra care in this area.