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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Call for transport crossing

THE debate about a transport link across Morecambe Bay has been reopened following news of National Grid’s proposals.

The scheme has been proposed by Morecambe and Lunesdale MP, David Morris. He has argued that the same technology that would be employed should National Grid’s tunnel go ahead could be utilised to build a tunnel which could transport traffic.

He said: “I have tabled a Parliamentary question and have already had a conversation with the Chancellor George Osborne and the Secretary of State for Transport about the prospect of a tunnel under Morecambe Bay.

“There will be mutual benefits. A tunnel would improve the economy here in Morecambe, allowing people from places like Barrow easy access to day trip to Morecambe, and will give commuters better access to the other side of the bay, especially those who work at places such as BAE Systems.

“A tunnel would also open up some of the health care services currently available across the other side of the bay.”

Stuart Klosinski, Furness Enterprise industrial development manager, believes the proposal should be considered and could boost tourism, improve employment prospects on both sides of the water and make the Morecambe Bay area more “cohesive”.

He said: “The prime purpose is to link the Moorside nuclear plant to the national grid at Heysham and enabling that Moorside development to go ahead is a good thing.

“The proposed tunnel would create a significant number of local construction jobs.

“But if there are also opportunities to provide funding to make it a multi-use tunnel that could be a transport link, it’s worth investigating, provided that the costings and infrastructure could be provided in reasonable time.

“Anything that contributes towards connecting us to the rest of the North West has got to be a good thing.”

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