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MP to lobby for transport tunnel between Cumbria and Lancashire

The Morecambe & Lunesdale MP David Morris announced today that he will lobby for a transport tunnel between Cumbria and Lancashire under Morecambe Bay.

Later this year, the National Grid will be consulting on how to transport electricity in the future, one of the options is a tunnel under Morecambe Bay to carry electricity cables between Heysham and Cumbria.

However, Mr Morris argues that the same technology could be utilised and a tunnel could be built which will transport traffic.

The Morecambe & Lunesdale MP has already undertaken a fact finding visit to the London Power Tunnels.

He said: “I have tabled a Parliamentary question and already have 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 & Lunesdale 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 in Barrow. A tunnel would also open up some of the health care services currently available across the other side of the bay.”

“I must stress it is very early days but I do endorse the National Grid’s tunnel option and it does prove that a traffic tunnel can be built. I am quietly confident with enough support we can make this a reality.”

“The Chancellor has already announced plans to link Northern cities via rail and I think this tunnel would complement that plan nicely.”

If permission is given, the National Grid plans to install its tunnel in the next decade.

Have your say

IN the 1960's a company was proposing to make the M6 TUNNEL into CUMBERLAND (CUMBRIA) instead of over the fells. They were prepared to do it at no cost to the authorities .As long as they could keep all minerals they extracted that were useful. IT was turned down. A similar proposal may be acceptable for a tunnel for your road and power cables in Morecambe Bay.

Posted by a yeoman on 13 August 2014 at 08:35

You mean a tunnel between the main part of Lancashire & Lancashire north of the sands?

Posted by I.S. on 12 August 2014 at 20:55

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