Mark Menzies’ joy at moss road announcement

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FYLDE MP Mark Menzies today described his jubilation after an agreement was announced to build a new link road between St Annes and the M55.

The project, which will cost around £15m in total, was set out as part of a raft of new schemes to be carried out by the Government, working alongside Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

And Mr Menzies said it was the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes in Westminster and alongside councillors locally to get everything in place to move forward.

He added: “The new M55 link road has been one of the biggest issues for people in Fylde for many years and something I have been pushing for since coming to Parliament.

“But since the current moss road was closed for safety reasons last year it has really brought it home how essential it is to get a new road in place as quickly as possible.

“As well as creating employment opportunities at Whitehills Business Park and into Blackpool it will provide a huge boost to the tourism industry in Fylde, as well as improving our ability to host another Golf Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes.

“That is why I am delighted with today’s announcement that the project will finally go ahead and Fylde residents will have the road they deserve, which will help open up the Fylde coast and the rest of the country beyond.”

If all goes to plan work is scheduled to begin on the road during the 2015/16 financial year.

Transport Secretary, the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, visited the site of the current moss road to meet Mr Menzies and Fylde Borough Council leader Cllr David Eaves to see for himself how much a new highway will mean for the prosperity of the area.

He said: “I know Mark has worked extremely hard with the local council to bring about a positive outcome in getting a new M55 to St Annes link road agreed and I am pleased to be able to visit Fylde to make today’s announcement.”

Cllr Eaves added: “This road will provide a vital artery between Lytham, Ansdell and St Annes and the M55 and has been a major issue in the area for more than 20 years.

“This announcement can only help promote local businesses, enterprise and tourism opportunities as well as improving access for all members of the public for Fylde.

“I am delighted the Secretary of State was able to pay us a visit to see for himself the positive impact the new road will have for so many people in Fylde.

“Myself and Mark have been working extremely hard on this for some time now and it is exciting to be able to announce such positive news today.”

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