Concreting farmland will remove natural flood defences

Europe Minister David Lidington has written to his Government colleague Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin saying the line will concrete over farmland which currently serves as natural flood protection for his constituents' homes.

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Floating crisp packets in an Amersham pub cellar where the local MP has raised new flood fears about HS2. @itvlondon http://t.co/dF21qXKz4F

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Flood fears for HS2

Senior Tories have raised fears about the flood risk associated with the controversial HS2 rail line after areas along the route suffered in the recent storms.