David Morris column

David Morris MP.
David Morris MP.
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Last week I held a debate in Westminster Hall to discuss my idea of building a transport tunnel under Morecambe Bay towards the Barrow area.

The idea of a cross Bay bridge has been discussed for many years, but this idea was shelved due to environmental constraints.

National Grid have been able to show that a tunnel under the Bay is technically possible with their proposed cable tunnel.

The project will not go ahead overnight but as the economy has turned a corner it is time to start lobbying for the next stage of infrastructure programmes, to do nothing would leave other areas to get the funding while we are left behind. This is something I am not prepared to see.

As your MP I successfully lobbied the Government for the M6 Link Road funding, a project in discussion for 60 years, and had a matter of weeks for the funding to be secured before the project was shelved forever.

That road is being built and I see the tunnel as part two of the programme. It will link the two hospital sites of Lancaster and Barrow and also open up employment opportunities at BAE systems and nuclear facilities such as Sellafield and the National Nuclear Laboratory. It will also be a strategic link for haulage .

As I am sure you already know, I have a can-do attitude as you MP, even though this tunnel is in the early stages, I believe that in 10 years time I can make this tunnel a reality bringing with it billions in investment.

Another major project in the area, the Frontierland development, is being discussed at the city council’s planning committee on the November 10.

Working with Morrisons from 2010 and with Opus North from the beginning of their proposal, I am confident that this proposal is right for the future of Morecambe.

I urge the committee to support Morecambe’s regeneration and not let embryonic plans for Lancaster get in the way of a positive decision on the 10th.

You can contact me by phone 01524 841225, or at david.morris.mp@parliament.uk.