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Cable guy has blue sky thinking

Mark Draddy who has visions of building a cable car system across the bay from Morecambe to Grange.

Mark Draddy who has visions of building a cable car system across the bay from Morecambe to Grange.

Here is the latest big dream for Morecambe’s future – a cable car ride across the Bay.

Mark Draddy is rallying support for the first ever Trans Bay Cable Way, which would take passengers on a ride through the sky from the promenade to the Lake District.

Mr Draddy, a landscape garden designer from Milton Keynes whose family lives in Morecambe, believes this could be the biggest tourist attraction in the UK.

He has held talks with David Morris, MP for Morecambe, who likes the idea.

“I’m just ‘the little guy’ and it’s just an idea at this stage,” said Mr Draddy.

“But this could be a golden opportunity to put the North West of England back on the national tourist map and to put Britain back on the international tourist map.

“Most cable car installations are popular visitor attractions and to date there is nothing of this scale in the UK.

“The economic benefit for Morecambe, Grange-over-Sands and Barrow-in-Furness to name a few could be immense.”

Mr Morris said: “I am supportive of any project that will bring jobs and tourism to Morecambe and Lunesdale.

“Clearly there will need to be a discussion about how this project can be funded and a discussion about environmental issues.” Mr Draddy has studied other cable car rides in Vietnam, Malaysia, Armenia, Hong Kong and France, some of which are suspended over water.

He suggests the ride could start from near the Frontierland site, cross the Bay and make its first stop-off in Grange-over-Sands before heading into the Lakes.

Anyone wanting to back a Trans Bay Cable Way can contact Mr Draddy at draddy@btinternet.com.

 

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