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Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme Blog

News and updates on the Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme in Thatcham

The Tull Way Flood Alleviation Scheme (FAS) is a scheme to build a surface water retaining bund to significantly reduce the flood risk to over 250 properties to the south of Tull Way in Thatcham.

The flood storage reservoir will temporarily store up to 40,000m3 of flood water in a 1 in 100 chance per year flood, releasing it slowly to prevent flooding in Thatcham. As the volume is more than 25,000m3 of water, it comes under the Reservoirs Act 1975 and a Reservoir Panel Engineer is employed by West Berkshire Council as a third party checker on the design and construction, with further periodic checks once the reservoir is in operation. 

This scheme is one of three flood storage reservoirs to reduce flood risk in Thatcham, with Cold Ash having been built in 2014 and a third reservoir at Floral Way planned for construction in 2018.

pdf icon You can view the design drawing for the scheme online [1Mb].

We'll upload news and weekly updates here as the scheme progresses.

For any questions, comments or further information, get in touch with the Highways Projects Team.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 30/31

Written on: 8-2-2018

On the week 30 and 31, we continued with the construction of access track and timber edging. The drainage path was dug and filled with stones - this follows the lower access track up to the control structure.

The public right of way steps (north side) has fine infill remaining to go to complete.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 29

Written on: 25-1-2018

This week we were again affected the rain which caused pool of water to be pumped out.

We have been working on the access track at the lower level of the bund on the north side. We have also installed steps and timber rails for the public right of way (north side) - the south side is now complete.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 28

Written on: 25-1-2018

Following the Christmas and New Year break, we were welcomed by a heavy rain which resulted in flooding.

However, we managed to:

  1. Restore most of the access track that was affected by the rain
  2. Construction of steps for the public right of way - which can now be seen almost complete as you drive past the site

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 27

Written on: 20-12-2017

This week we had landscaping and fencing contractors start on site. You can now see the planted vegetation and fencing along the outside perimeter of the bund.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.

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Tull Way FAS Update - End of Week 26

Written on: 13-12-2017

Completion of Spillway

This week we completed spillway works such as grasscrete, kerbing and erosion protection matting. The type of the spillway used here is an overflow channel, which will release water when the water rises above the spillway level.

For further regular updates, please see our Twitter feed at #WBerksRoads.