An extra £50 million is needed to fund the Lower Thames flood alleviation scheme, according to reports.

The scheme, which aims to reduce the flood risk between Datchet and Teddington, is expected to cost around £500m.

The Windsor Express reports that £450m has been secured through funding from government, councils and the Thames Valley and Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

David Murphy, programme director for the scheme at the EA, told the paper there was ‘still a long way to go’ but added that it had ‘achieved a lot’.

“At the end of July and into August we are planning on holding a number of public events for residents who live along the route.

Adam Afriyie, MP for Windsor, said a ‘huge step forward’ had been taken as phase one of the scheme is already underway.

“Thames flood relief will happen and, as I’ve said before, we must stick together locally to ensure that the remaining costs are negotiated and met by the local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and others,” he said.

The scheme is expected to be completed by 2025.

Story dated July 27th 2015.