MP praised for work on new A585 bypass


FYLDE MP Mark Menzies was congratulated by the Transport Secretary in the House of Commons for helping secure a £41m new bypass to ease congestion in rural Fylde.

The A585 at Singleton has long been blighted by regular traffic jams and plans for a new road have been on the agenda for more than 20 years.

However, difficulties over funding have meant that the new road has never been built.

Yesterday, Minister without Portfolio, Grant Shapps MP, visited the area to announce the bypass would be constructed between Windy Harbour and Skippool junctions as part of a national £15bn national investment in road schemes.

Following the announcement, Mr Menzies spoke of his gratitude to the Secretary of State for Transport during a debate in the House of Commons.

He said: “I thank the Secretary of State for today’s announcement of £40m-plus for the new section of the A585 that runs through my constituency.

“This has been talked about for over 20 years, and now it is finally being delivered. May I congratulate him on taking this very important decision.”

The Rt Hon Patrick Mcloughlin replied: “I am grateful to my hon. Friend. This work will definitely reduce the impact of traffic on two villages and remove a major bottleneck from the main road to Fleetwood.

“He has been a strong applicant for investment in his area, and I hope that this will help the investment drive that he has led.”

Following the debate, Mr Menzies said he was delighted that the Government had recognised the importance of the route for local people in Fylde as well as increasing opportunities for investment in Thornton, Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

He added: “This extremely busy road has been a problem for people in this area for decades and so I am sure they will be delighted with news that a new road will be built to alleviate those issues.

“The Chancellor recently paid a visit to the former ICI site at Thornton and businesses there told him that they wanted to expand but that they faced real issues with transportation along this road.

“So this is not just about trying to bring an end to traffic jams, it is about investment, growth and jobs for local people.”

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