Ex-minister pressing for barrage
A HIGH-profile MP has said a barrage across the Severn Estuary would be a "win-win" for the area.
Peter Hain has quit Labour's front bench to push for the £30 billion scheme to become a reality. The former Pensions Secretary told The Post it would be a shot in the arm for the economy and bring environmental benefits. He is backing proposals from a private consortium, called Corlan Hafren, which wants to harness tidal power between South Wales and Weston-super-Mare.
Mr Hain plans to table a private Bill in Parliament to get the project off the ground. He said it would offer flood protection for low-lying areas and would allow access to the port of Bristol through barrage locks.
"There would be a lot of jobs in the area at a time when everywhere, including the South West, is being starved of investment. Nothing compares to the £30 billion that would be required to build this barrage," he said. "It's a win-win for the South West and Wales."
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