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Subs work to lift next generation

BARROW, Furness and the whole of Cumbria was hoping for a jobs boost today with the government set to commit to design work on Trident replacement submarines.

Details of the contracts, including the companies which have been asked to do the work, were expected to be announced in a written statement to Parliament today.

Many were expecting the announcement to bring good news to BAE Systems at Barrow.

The news would mean Barrow is on course to have work on these submarines into the 2040s.

There are plenty of other places in the UK which would be glad of such a strong economic driver in the heart of their community.

It comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement of a new Glaxo plant in Ulverston.

And, like the Glaxo plant, the scale of the submarine project means this isn’t just a major boost for the Furness peninsula but for the county and the North West as a whole.

The crucial final decisions about ordering replacements for Trident do not have to be taken until 2016, after the next General Election.

But today’s announcement is another milestone towards that commitment, which would secure jobs in Barrow for the next generation.

The majority in this area will welcome this as being vital to the future economic prosperity of this community.

By North West Evening Mail
Published: May 22, 2012

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