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Flood under bridge that trapped driver linked to rail project, resident claims

Saturday, 2 March 2024 08:00

By Charlie Smith - Local Democracy Reporter

Flooding under a Buckinghamshire bridge which submerged a car was linked to work to build a railway line, a resident has claimed.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to March Gibbon after a BMW became trapped in floodwater last month.

Pictures show fire and rescue workers attending the vehicle on Station Road on the outskirts of the village.

A local resident has now linked the flooding to drainage used for the new East West Rail line from Oxford and Cambridge, which is being built through Buckinghamshire.

The resident reported their concerns to the East West Rail Alliance, the consortium constructing the section of the new line near Marsh Gibbon.

They said: “We wake up to see another driver stranded under the bridge. This flooding is going to re-occur until someone does something to fix the problem.

“This required attendance of multiple emergency services to rescue the vehicle occupant.

“The water is coming from the EWR drainage spilling out onto the road which has drains under the bridge, but these cannot cope.”

The villager demanded an ‘urgent meeting’ with representatives of the East West Rail Alliance in an email seen by the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

The Alliance has been approached for comment.

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