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Minister’s pledge to Fylde MP over link road

The roads minister has pledged to do all he can to ensure the M55 link road is built as soon as possible. MP Mark Menzies met with minister MP John Hayes two hours after Prime Minister Theresa May praised the Fylde representative for his work on pressing for the much-needed link road to be built. The minister agreed the road deserved full Government support to help residents and businesses in the area. Mr Menzies said: "It was an extremely productive meeting. "The minister is very aware of how critical... Read more »

MP Mark Menzies welcomes Fylde coast rail improvements

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the start of work which will allow for six direct return services to London every day, stopping at Kirkham and Wesham Railway Station. Network Rail is now electrifying the Blackpool North to Preston line and key improvements will be made at the Fylde station, allowing for the direct link to the capital and an increase in local services. The improvements include extended platforms and lifts for passengers - something campaigned for by the Fylde MP for years. Network Rail has revealed the... Read more »

MP Mark Menzies calls for Small Business Saturday high street support

MP Mark Menzies visited small businesses across Fylde constituency on Small Business Saturday, calling for more support for local high streets. Mr Menzies attended a meeting at a cafe and local produce shop before visiting small businesses in Lytham and St Annes. He said:  "I attended Small Business Saturday at Dahlia's Kitchen, where they've built a small business up into a great cafe and produce shop. "They sell locally-produced and Lancashire-wide produce. "From Dahlia's I went to the Fat Cat Club in Lytham where I met the owner Debbie... Read more »


There was a festive start to this week with the annual Christmas lights switch-ons in Ansdell and St Annes. Some of the cast of Lowther Pavilion's pantomime were on hand to throw the switch in Ansdell and it was good to see them supporting our local shops. I am delighted the St Annes switch-on was also well attended on Saturday, but unfortunately could not be there. I would ask everyone to make at least some of their Christmas purchases from our towns’ traders. It is vital for the... Read more »

Fylde MP welcomes £15.6m skills training centre

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed a new £15m training academy which will give a huge boost to the skills of current and future aerospace employees. BAE Systems said its Samlesbury Academy for Skills and Knowledge will train generations of BAE workers for decades to come. The state-of-the-art facility includes a virtual reality 'cave' which allows staff to train on complex systems away from the shop floor, robotics and 3D printing labs, a learning centre for use by children of all ages, and machining and electrical wokspaces. Mr... Read more »
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