Fylde MP's delight at preliminary M55 link road works

Preliminary works on the replacement M55 link road have started - to the delight of Fylde MP Mark Menzies.

Workers from BT Openreach are now on site moving National Air Traffic Service cables from Blackpool Airport ahead of the main construction of the road.

The scheme has been advertised for tender and several firms are vying for the contract to build the £24 million road.

Mr Menzies said: "This is great news. We are seeing a £1 million commitment with these preliminary works ahead of the main construction of the road.

"I attend all of the meetings of the M55 Link Road Working Group, alongside members of Fylde and Lancashire County Councils, as well as the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

"It has been a long time coming and we are not at full construction yet - but we are almost there.

"The scheme has been out to tender and we have several interested parties wanting to construct the road, the myriad legal agreements with landowners are close to conclusion, and funding is in place."

Mr Menzies secured £2 million of Growth Deal funding for the scheme, and helped secure a further £9 million of Government funding towards the road's construction. Conservative-controlled Fylde Council has agreed to a £1 million contribution to the scheme, despite not being the highways authority, and Lancashire County Council is investing £1.7 million.

Mr Menzies added: "Since the Conservatives took control of Lancashire County Council it has fully committed to efforts to work to get this vital link road finally built. We now have a fully-engaged team intent on seeing this road built.

"I will not stop campaigning for this road, and am meeting ministers next week again about the matter, until we see construction workers on site."