Neil Parish MP spoke in a debate on the Government’s approach to flood management.
Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton) (Con): My hon. Friend talks about the barrage across the River Parrett, which is absolutely essential. The £200 million cost of raising the railway across Sedgemoor starts to make the barrage look extremely cost-effective. The railway would not be flooded if that barrage were there to stop the sea going up the Parrett.
Mr Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and West Somerset) (Con): I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. This year, we managed to shut the main railway line and the A303, and water was lapping against parts of the M5. We really could have stopped tourism in most of the west country. I am glad that that did not happen; it is obviously good news.
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 3 March 2014, c650)