Datchet to Hythe End Flood Improvement Measures

Published: 30 June 2023

Important work to reduce flood risk in Datchet is set to begin in the village on Monday 10 July and run until Wednesday 16 August. This will involve the clearance of silt from the Victorian underground watercourse, known as the Datchet Barrel Arch. This work is part of the Datchet to Hythe End Flood Improvement Measures.

The Royal Borough has commissioned contractors Lanes Group PLC to remove a thick layer of silt which fills a third of the brick built Datchet Barrel Arch running underneath the centre of the village. The removal of the silt will increase its capacity so more water can be dispersed via the underground watercourse which flows into the Datchet Common Brook and then into the River Thames.

Temporary traffic lights will be used to manage traffic along the B376 Slough Road, London Road, and Horton Road, to allow the route to remain open. For the work to be carried out safely, Lanes Group PLC, will work in small sections which will be on a single side of the road at any one time. Access to the 1. 1 metre diameter drain will be through manholes which are staggered between Churchmead School, Priory Way, and Green Lane.

The current schedule of planned work, subject to dry weather conditions, is as follows.

Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 July - Slough Road corner to Churchmead School (Priory Way)

Thursday 13 to Monday 17 July - Slough Road corner of Priory Way.

Tuesday 18 to Thursday 20 July - The Green closed between Priory Way and Hall Court

Friday 21 - Tuesday 25 July - High Street between Slough Road and London Road

Wednesday 26 - Friday 28 July - The Green closed between High Street and Horton Road

Tuesday 1 - Thursday 3 August - Horton Road between The Green and Datchet Library.

Friday 4 - Tuesday 8 August - Spaces Horton Road Car Park

Wednesday 9 - Friday 11 August - Spaces in Horton Road Car Park

Monday 14 - Wednesday 16 August - Green Lane between Percy Place and Allen Way.

If wet weather slows down the work, contractors will finish on August 16 and return later to complete it.

RBWM thank you for the patience during this work and seek to keep disruption to a minimum.