Floods: Somerset

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th December 2014.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of roads crossing the Somerset Levels that may need raising against flooding.

Photo of Baroness Kramer Baroness Kramer Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The local highway network within the Somerset Levels and Moors is the responsibility of Somerset County Council as local highway authority. No assessment of the number of roads which may require raising has been undertaken by the Department for Transport.

The Somerset Levels and Moors Action Plan, published in March 2014, drawn up by local partners in the area, including local councils, Members of Parliament, businesses and local residents, recommended a number of initiatives to ensure better protection against floods within the Levels and Moors in the future.

In recognition of the Action Plan, the Department for Transport allocated £10 million to Somerset County Council to help fund the installation of culverts at Beer Wall and raising a section of road between Muchelney and Drayton. In addition this funding will also allow the Council to carry out further feasibility and assessment work to identify other key priorities for future local road resilience schemes.

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