Minister’s pledge to Fylde MP over link road

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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 it is that we get the M55 link road built.

“He is personally extremely supportive of the project and is keen to work with me to see the road finally built.

“As soon as the minister has completed his assessment of how well the development plan is progressing he will report back to me on the details of the funding arrangements that will enable construction to begin.”

Mr Hayes said he wanted the project to be completed ‘as soon as possible’ and has asked his officials to look into this, in detail, to ensure that Highways England are progressing the grant application for funding.

He will examine the costings of the project and the amount of funding that will be required to complete the road as quickly as possible.

Earlier, Mr Menzies raised the issue of funding the road at Prime Minister’s Question Time.

He said: “I welcome last week’s Autumn Statement and the announcement of £556m for infrastructure in the North of England.

“But despite this, and years of hard work, the M55 Lytham St Annes link road is still not assured.

“Can my honourable friend the Prime Minister do all that she can to ensure this vital local project for jobs and employment, is delivered without delay?”

The Prime Minister answered: “Can I commend my honourable friend for the hard work I know he has put in in relation to this project?

“I understand there is to be a significant sum of funding from a developer and my honourable friend has been working with the developer and the county council on this issue.

“The LEP has submitted a linked bid to Highways England and it is being actively considered and I understand my honourable friend is meeting the minister for transport to discuss this in more detail.”

It is hoped work can start on the road before the end of the financial year, and a completion date of 2019 has been set.

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