last significant floods in Cookham were in 2003, after the Jubilee
River was built. For
a time, the only access to Cookham Village, other than by boat or
helicopter, was across the Causeway and Cookham Fleet Memorial
Bridge (also known as the Causeway Bridge).
The roads across Widbrook Common, the Moor and into Bourne
End were all impassable.
it is not possible to say for certain that there will be floods in
the future, contingencies for flooding need to be in place and in
any case, the impact of climate change may mean that there is an
increased risk of flooding in the future.
vehicle crossing the Fleet Memorial Bridge. 2003 (click for larger
Fleet Bridge was inspected in 2001 (Babtie Group report B1236/AR),
and the conclusions were that some remedial work was required.
These repairs have subsequently been carried out.
The bridge was found to be capable of carrying only 3
Tonnes Assessment Live Load, because of the limitations of the
capacity of the side spans. The
bridge could therefore be used, in a flooding emergency, to carry
traffic not exceeding 3 Tonnes.
is essential that this link is maintained, as a contingency, to
allow access to Cookham Village in the event of a flood cutting
off access via other roads. Traffic
lights would be required to control alternate traffic movement –
this has been done in the past, although there were problems
because of the distance between the traffic lights.
It is understood that the RBWM stores signage and temporary
traffic lights at the Tinkers Depot.
ignoring the 2-way alternate traffic flow
the last floods, the signage did not alert drivers to the
flooding, resulting in non-essential traffic crossing
Cookham Village. These
provisions would be unlikely to be required for more than two or
recommendations of this group are:-
that the bridge is inspected on a
regular basis, say every five years or immediately after flooding.
that any necessary repairs
resulting from the inspection are
carried out in order to maintain the bridge as an emergency link
to Cookham Village.
that RBWM Highways Dept. provides
suitable temporary traffic controls and signage.
that the Fleet is kept free of
weed and obstructions to enable the water flow.