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As part of International Women in Engineering day, the ICE retired members group has arranged a walk around the Romsey Waterways to see both some historic features and a little of the initial construction of the Romsey Flood Alleviation scheme. The walk will be about 7km (4.5 miles), mainly along well maintained paths. It is suitable for anyone with an interest in either the history or the future of water management in the town. As the contractor does not work on Sundays, it will not be possible access any of the works but only see them from the nearby public footpaths; however it will be possible to start a little earlier and visit the Romsey Signal box.
The main branch of the River Test runs to the West of Romsey but there are numerous other natural and artificial watercourses that run through and under the town. These have been “engineered” since Norman times and the walk gives the opportunity to see a variety of watercourses and the structures on them, together with the start of construction of new works to reduce the risk of future flooding.
Romsey has a long history of flooding and following those of 2014, the Environment Agency is currently progressing a plan to reduce the risk from the complex series of waterways. We will be accompanied by their representatives.
Near the start of the walk we pass fully restored Romsey Signal Box and those who would like to visit the signal box should meet at the car-park at 13:30. Please note that we have to pre-book this part of the day, so kindly let us know if you wish to be included. Email [email protected]
We are hoping to arrange another visit during the summer when it will be possible to visit two of the construction sites. Details of this will follow in due course. In the meanwhile, as there is a limit to the numbers for the walk, we do ask you, please, to book your place(s) online.
e: [email protected]