Chancellor of the Exchequer to open M6 link road if his diary permits
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has agreed to open the new M6 link road as long as it fits in with his diary.
The new road which will be officially named Bay Gateway, will be open to the public later this year.
However, a spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “Work is still ongoing on the arrangements for an official opening for the Bay Gateway, including who will be asked to open it.”
Speaking in the Chamber David Morris MP said: “In 1945 there was a dream of a Link Road from the M6 to Heysham Port. “10% of our GDP comes in through Heysham Port.
“That Link Road will soon be opening. Does my Right Hon Friend the Chancellor agree with me that part of the long term economic plan is to show that this area of Lancashire is going to be regenerated? And more to the Point would my Right Hon Friend, diary permitting, would like to open the road?
“Whilst the County Council are at the moment responsible for the project the lion share of the funding for the road has come from Central Government.
“After 60 years in the discussion this road was the first road building project to be signed off by the Coalition Government and I think it is only right that the Chancellor who allocated this money is there at the opening to see for himself how vital his support, as a result of my lobbying, will be to the area.”
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP said: “I remember visiting the road with my Rt Hon Friend the Prime Minister, as it happens just days before the General Election.
“And because he had been such a good champion of his constituency his constituent’s said lets have him back in Parliament championing more investment in Lancashire.
“Diary Permitting I would be delighted to open the Link Road.
“Indeed when I was in Northern Ireland yesterday at Warren Point I met the company that trades between Heysham and Warren Point and they are investing in new jobs there.”