A PROJECT to tackle flooding has allowed trains to keep running despite recent heavy rain.

The Network Rail initiative, known as the Hinksey flood alleviation scheme, saw the installation of two new culverts – tunnels carrying a stream under the railway – to allow excess water to run under the railway and prevent it from flooding.

In early 2016, work started on the £21 million scheme, to raise the height of a stretch of track underneath Old Abingdon Road.

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Joanna Grew, Network Rail industry programme director, said: “We are delighted to see the positive impact the Hinksey flood alleviation scheme is having in keeping the railway free from flooding.

“This was a major engineering feat and we are confident this work will continue to ensure the railway is free from flooding.”