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Mardyke River Restoration

We have worked Environment Agency creating 3D graphics and a 3D animation to help illustrate the need for improvements to The Mardyke between Davy Down and the River Thames. These 3d visualisations were crucial in garnering support for the project.

Primary Focus
  • Existing low lying areas associated with what was likely to have been a previous route of the channel, provide opportunities to reconnect with the floodplain, whilst also allowing flood water to drain back into the channel.
  • Riparian tree planting will provide shading to the channel, screening of major transport networks and introduce additional floodplain habitat and greater biodiversity to the Mardyke.
  • Improved connectivity will open up access to the Mardyke from the River Thames and Rainham Marshes and the surrounding local communities. This will tie into the wider green network of routes and spaces.
  • Improved road and rail crossing points will enhance pedestrian safety and accessibility.
  • The proposed connection from Ship Lane along the southern border of Aveley will provide continued access along the Mardyke making use of an existing track. This also provides continuation to the existing cycle route.
  • More general aesthetic improvements (for example, improving footpath surface and drainage, replacing existing bridge railings) will encourage use of the existing access routes and improve legibility.
Background

The Mardyke between Davy Down and the River Thames is a straightened, uniform channel with low gradients resulting in slow flows which are controlled at the River Thames by a tidal sluice. Riparian land use is predominantly semi improved pasture and the wider catchment is largely agricultural. However, the lower reaches are also influenced by urban development and the Mardyke is crossed by the M25, A13 and a railway line.