Fylde MP Mark Menzies calls for link road work start

Fylde MP Mark Menzies says the time for meetings and discussions on the M55 link road is over – and work should begin in earnest.

Mr Menzies met with representatives of Highways England this week for an update on roads schemes on the Fylde coast.

And he took the opportunity to further impress on the Agency how critical the Moss Road replacement is to keep the Fylde coast moving.

He said: “I had a fruitful meeting with Highways England over projects on the Fylde coast including the Moss Road, the A585 widening, and the new Preston West distributor road.

“I left them in no uncertain terms what my thoughts are on the M55 link road.

“All the principal parties in this saga need to realise that the time for discussion is over.

“Weeks seem to turn to months without signatures and this is no longer acceptable.

“We need to get the details in order now so that the funding bodies such as Highways England take this project seriously and we get work started.

“The time for talking is over. The time for procrastination is over.

“It is time to get signatures on paper and shovels in the ground on this vital road scheme.

“I’m particularly appreciative that Fylde Council has offered contributed £1m to the accelerating the building of the road, despite the fact it is not a highways authority.

“My constituents have been inconvenienced by the loss of the Moss Road for too long, and deserve better.

“Residents, businesses and visitors alike are all suffering while this link remains shut.

“We have issues on the route to St Annes along Clifton Drive, Queensway cannot cope with extra traffic, and now we have Peel Road closed for two weeks for resurfacing.

“Not a week goes by without letters coming in pushing for the Moss Road to be reopened.

“It must be built now for the sake of everyone in Fylde.”

Mr Menzies was also updated on the A585 Windy Harbour to Skippool improvements following a public consultation over the scheme, which will improve capacity on the road.

Mr Menzies raised the road issue with the Prime Minister at Prime Minister’s Question Time last month, and met with roads minister John Hayes shortly afterwards.

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