River Bride (Blackpool) Flood Relief Scheme

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Project Programme

The project will comprise five stages, as set out below:

Stage I Development of a number of flood defence options and the identification of a preferred Scheme, and the design of a Flood Forecasting System Now Complete
Stage II Public Exhibition of Scheme 24th Novemeber 2015 to 21st December 2015
Stage III Detailed Design, Confirmation and Tender See note below
Stages IV and V Construction and Handover of the Works See note below

The Office of Public Works through the Arterial Drainage Acts has submitted the proposal for the Blackpool Flood Relief Scheme to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for formal Confirmation. The Minister will, over the coming months, undertake an environmental assessment of the proposed scheme. This assessment will be in line with required legislative requirements and will involve a public consultation. The appointment of a Contractor for this scheme will be progressed following formal Ministerial Confirmation.

The scheme will be funded from within the allocated €1 billion for flood risk management over the period 2018 – 2027. Provision for the cost of the Scheme is included in the Office of Public Works' multi annual capital allocation.

The Key Public Consultation Dates are as follows:

Public Consultation Day No. 1: Constraints Stage 17th July 2013 (now complete)
Public Consultation Day No. 2 Emerging Preferred Option 29th July 2014
Public Consultation Day No. 3 Statutory Exhibition of Scheme 24th November 2015 to 21st December 2015

The main elements of each stage are described below

Stage I - Scheme Development

Stage II - Public Exhibition

Stage III - Detailed Design, Confirmation and Tender

Stages IV and V - Construction and Handover of the Works


Study Area

The study area consists of:

All areas potentially prone to flooding from the River Bride and its tributariesfrom Kilnup Viaduct to its confluence with the River Lee in Cork City.

Additional areas where works may potentially be carried out to assist with provision of flood relief measures in the areas described above.

Latest news

Blackpool Flood Relief Scheme – EIAR and NIS more

Blackpool FRS Hydraulics Report and Options Report now uploaded more

Blackpool Flood Relief Scheme Public Exhibition Nov/Dec 2015 more

Lower Lee FRS Constraints Study more

Lower Lee Public Information Day No. 2 more

Lower Lee Public Information Day No. 1 more