Fylde MP meets man with power barrage plan

An artist's impression of how the Ribble Gateway barrage might look
An artist's impression of how the Ribble Gateway barrage might look
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The man with a vision to create a series of huge tidal barrages which could power five million homes has met Fylde MP Mark 
Menzies.

The multi-billion pound project, which would see a barrier built across the River Ribble as well as Morecambe Bay and the Mersey, would also vastly reduce journey times around the North West, due to roadways 
being included on each of the crossings.

Mr Menzies this week met Alan Torevell, the man behind the North West Business Leadership Team’s proposals, at his constituency office in Fylde where the pair discussed the project at length and the impact it could have for the Fylde coast. Following the meeting, Mr Menzies said: “I was delighted to meet Alan to discuss this ambitious plan to create these tidal barrages, which could power up to five million homes. It was good of Alan to take the time to come and see me to outline the proposal which, on the face of it, would appear to be a very interesting project which could play an important part in Britain’s energy mix moving forward. Opening up the Fylde coast to make it easily accessible from other areas of the North West would also be of immense benefit to the tourism industry and I am sure my colleagues in Blackpool will be very interested in that side of it.

“However, flooding problems in farmers’ fields close to the Ribble have been well documented and I wanted to put on record my insistence that this would not exacerbate those issues.

“He told me that the information they had received was that a barrage could actually assist with flooding issues by helping hold back higher tides. It was a very worthwhile meeting and I will follow the project’s progress with great interest as this proposal develops.”

Alan Torevell, of Manchester finance firm 
Dewhurst Torevell, and a member of the North West Business Leadership Group, said businesses in the region and politicians were starting to take notice of the 20 TW North West Energy Squared scheme. He said: “It is a major infrastructure project in its initial stages but we are moving into the second phase getting further publicity with a series of meetings up the North West Coast. It will take two or three years to get the project started and I estimate between 15 to 20 years to finish.”