County hall moss road meeting for Fylde MP

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies has met Lancashire County Council to press home the importance of building a new M55 link road as soon as possible.

A newly-constructed highway across Marton Moss has been top of Fylde’s infrastructure requirements for years, but since the current route was closed for safety reasons last year it has become even more apparent a new road is essential to replace the decaying farmers’ track.

In July, Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited St Annes to announce that the Government had put forward £2m to unlock the private and public sector money needed to build the new road, after an application was put forward by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and supported by Mr Menzies.

However, since then Division Lane has also been forced to close for repairs, meaning the surrounding road network has been pushed even closer to breaking point.

Last week, Mr Menzies met with the Deputy Leader of Lancashire County Council, County Coun David Borrow, to ask him to do all he could to make sure work on the £15m new road was ready to begin without delay.

The Member of Parliament said: “County Coun Borrow was very sympathetic over the plight of motorists in Fylde and said he would do what he could to ensure that the council was working hard to see the new road get underway.

“The Government has done its bit by coming forward with the necessary funding to kick start this project and we need to ensure that everyone involved in this development tackles this as a matter of urgency so we can get shovels in the ground as soon as possible.

“Motorists in Fylde have been very patient while they have waited for this new road to be announced, but we now need to make sure that patience is rewarded by ensuring the work on the road starts in 2015 as both I and the Government were promised.”

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