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Winter weather: UK government response

The United Kingdom has one of the most capable forecasting and warning systems in the world but extreme weather events can still cause disruption over winter.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
Medmerry flood defence, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Better Public Buildings Award

Medmerry flood defence project includes 4 miles of new sea walls to reduce flood risk for hundreds of local properties.


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£2.3 billion of investment in flood defences were set out today (2 Dec) in the National Infrastructure Plan 2014.


Last winter, existing flood defences protected around 1.4 million properties and more than 2,500 square kilometres of farmland from flooding.

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Since last winter, the government and transport owners and operators have acted to further improve the resilience of our transport infrastructure and its operations. This section also contains links to travel updates, to guidance on driving in severe weather conditions and actions to take ahead of winter travel.

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Up-to-date advice on weather in your area and severe weather warnings are provided by the Met Office.

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Published 26 November 2014