Plans for second crossing between Barrow and Walney 

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16 November 2015 1:23PM

A VISION for a second crossing to connect an island with the mainland has been put forward. 

The barrage would connect Walney with Barrow, providing an additional link to Jubilee Bridge.  

Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership is inviting applications for infrastructure improvements. 

The Barrow local committee on Cumbria County Council has agreed to submit to the LEP the application for the barrage. 

The proposal, though in its early stages, ties in with National Grid's preferred option of digging a tunnel in Morecambe Bay from Barrow to Heysham.

The tunnel is part of the strategy to connect electricity generated at a proposed new nuclear power station at Moorside into ‘the grid’. 

The application from the council committee proposes using the spoil from the seabed to form the Walney barrage - an option considerably cheaper than a bridge. 

Councillor Mel Worth, who represents Walney North on the county council, championed the proposal during a meeting in the Nan Tait Centre on Friday.

He told the Evening Mail: "It's a long-term vision, but it's having the vision to look forward on this and we will see where it goes.  

"If you were to ask where to put it, it would probably be at the bottom of Mill Lane, across to where the slag heap is, and adjoining to Park Road." 

Cllr Worth said there had long been a case for a second Walney crossing, adding: "Jubilee Bridge is 110-years-old and maintenance costs are considerable. 

"And of course, it's not going to last forever. If we had a second crossing, it would be better for emergency services and with the traffic volumes, it can be blocked right back to Tesco roundabout.

"When there are roadworks on the bridge, it's quite a considerable inconvenience."

Councillor Frank Cassidy, who represents Walney South on the council, said: “I know a second bridge has been talked about for years, but at the very least we need to try to find the money for a fresh feasibility study.

“We all know cash is tight and government cuts are making things very difficult for local authorities, but that should not be a green light for people to just shrug their shoulders and give up on big ticket projects like this.”

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George   Stevens , Barrow Tuesday, 17 November, 2015 at 11:59AM
Typical British stupidity - our local roads are utterly appalling, full of holes, dips, bumps, vast disintegrating areas - a joke frankly and getting worse, and they want to spend money on a second cross to Walney. What, is the existing bridge so busy people are struggling to cross? No. The people who run this place are irrational.
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barrie   mckinnell , walney island Tuesday, 17 November, 2015 at 11:22AM
there is already a second crossing at nort scale.. if people would get out of there cars and walk. it is available 2 hours either side of low water..the coubncilor should take a walk and look...
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Bazman   , Wonderland. Monday, 16 November, 2015 at 6:59PM
Just turn Walney Bridge into a toll bridge reducing unnecessary traffic and creating a revenue for the town. Simples!
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Mark   Green , Walney Monday, 16 November, 2015 at 12:49PM
It is good to see that Barrow local committee are pushing the issue of a second crossing for Walney. It will not be an easy project to bring to a full proposal since the feasibility study will need to include expensive hydrological model testing to ensure that any barrage developed will still permit the natural tidal flows in Walney Channel to be maintained - necessary for the continued operation of the port of Barrow upon which the town's major industries depend. Unfortunately Mill Lane is not opposite the slag bank and easy access to the A590 on the mainland- much of the east bank of the channel having now been developed without a potential route from a second crossing having been protected. The development of the giratory system in the last decade was very much a missed opportunity in this respect. Much more work would now be required to link Mill Lane to the Walney Road. Barrow has not fought hard enough for this second crossing over the decades over the decades and, like in so many other areas since the advent of the Cumbria major authority, has been fobbed off by Carlisle-based Cumbria planners who will not entertain the sort of second crossing that the island and town need. Their best offer to date was that perhaps a pedestrian and cycle route could be built that would cope - in an emergency - with an ambulance, a pathetic 'solution' as part of their pet 'Greeways' project and one which would not be entertained if similar circumstances existed in the Carlisle area. All power to the local councillors with their attempts once again to move this forward and I hope all politcal persuasions will unite behind this. People need to make their voices heard in support too. The situation could become urgent with the further development of The Yard, associated expansion of other businesses and additional housing requirements. Meanwhile Jubilee Bridge is being nursed along and will surely need major rebuilding in the coming decades. Before that time comes an alternative crossing needs to be in place. It will not happen quickly hence the need for urgent action now.
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