Buckskin flood alleviation scheme

Development of solutions to reduce flooding in the Buckskin area

Latest updates

The scheme has been fully functional since December 2020, and better protects houses and businesses in the area from groundwater flooding up to the 2014 flood event level. During construction, the discovery of uncharted utility services led to a minor alteration of the scheme near the Worting Road footbridge. This minor alteration was made to enable the scheme to be delivered in time for winter. However, this alteration could create possible future maintenance issues and was intended as a temporary measure only. Working with the utility companies, we have now been able to move those services that were in the way, and we will be re-laying this section of pipe in its final configuration as originally designed.

Upcoming works

Works to relay the pipe in Worting Road will begin on the 4th of April and last for approximately 8 weeks. This will involve:

4th to 6th of April (three nights only): Worting Road will be closed from 8.30pm to 5.30am between the Worting Road Roundabout and the West Ham Roundabout. Please see the Worting Road closure and diversion route map. The road will be open outside of these hours. A diversion route will be in place during closures.

6th of April to end of works: 24-hour Traffic lights and signing and guarding will be in place to allow traffic to use Worting Road during the works.

Easter Weekend: From 14th April evening to 18th April morning all traffic management will be removed, and the road will be fully open for the Easter Weekend.

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian Access will be maintained for the entire duration of the works via the existing footbridge. We have arranged for onsite personnel to escort across the road pedestrians (including wheelchair users) who might struggle to use the footbridge.

Cycle Access

Cyclists can use the existing ramped footbridge to cross the road for the entire duration of the works.

Bus Stops

Two bus stops (one either side of the footbridge on Worting Road) will be closed for the duration of the works. Buses will still be able to use this route outside of the night closures.

Scheme background

In the winter of 2013 to 2014 Buckskin and the surrounding area was badly affected by flooding. A multi-agency group has been working together with local residents to understand the cause of the flooding and develop solutions.

The Buckskin multi-agency group is made up of:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
  • Environment Agency
  • Thames Water Utilities Limited
  • Sovereign Housing Association
  • South East Water Limited

In June 2017, the multi-agency group committed to work together to promote and develop the agreed scheme.

Scheme design

The proposed scheme is being taken forward in two phases.

Phase 1 comprises improvements of ditches and upgrades to culverts along Churchill Way West and Worting road, and improvements of ditches in Saunders Field to improve drainage of floodwater between Buckskin and the start of the River Loddon.

Phase 2 comprises the installation of new lateral pipes to collect rising groundwater from between houses in the Buckskin area, and to direct floodwater to a new drainage pipe between the Ridgeway Centre and ditches to the north of Worting Road roundabout.

Proposed scheme design at detailed design stage

Phase 3 involves diverting utility services and re-laying the pipe at the Worting Road footbridge in its final configuration.

Indicative programme

Proposed programme subject to consents and permits

Milestone Timescale
Phase 1 Contract Award August 2018
Phase 1 Construction starts September 2018
Phase 1 Construction ends April 2019
Subway Pipe Construction starts September 2019
Subway Pipe Construction ends November 2019
Phase 2 Contract Award October 2019
Phase 2 Construction starts November 2019
Phase 2 Construction ends January 2021
Phase 3 Worting Road Constructions starts April 2022
Phase 3 Worting Road Construction ends May 2022
Project approval

A project appraisal of the scheme was approved by Councillor Humby Executive Member of Environment and Transport on 24 April 2018. The report provides an overview of the scheme, estimated scheme costs of around £6m and available funding from central government, the Thames Regional and coastal Committee and the multi-agency partners.


Between Summer 2017 and Autumn 2018 a questionnaire for residents and businesses was delivered to over 500 properties in the affected area and an online version was made available to help us understand:

  • Where groundwater came up
  • Where water was pumped from
  • What access requirements residents and businesses have.

The responses to the questionnaire have informed the scheme design and will be used to facilitate access requirements during construction. The Questionnaire is now closed.

Initial flood investigation

Buckskin flood investigation 2014


Write to us at:

Buckskin Flood Alleviation Team
Economy, Transport and Environment Department
Elizabeth II Court West
The Castle
SO23 8UD