Road plan key to £3bn boom

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Tackling growing traffic problems on a key road into Fleetwood is part of a master plan that could be worth billions of pounds to Lancashire.

Proposals to create 50,000 new jobs in the county, build 40,000 homes and inject £3bn into the local economy over the next 10 years have been drawn up by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Its county-wide vision includes making it easier to get to the port by improving the A585 and linking the tramway directly to the rail network.

But with a host of ambitious proposals for Blackpool – including a major conference centre and a new casino – and East Lancashire dominating the county’s growth deal, there are fears not enough is being done to tackle deprivation in Fleetwood.

Fleetwood Town Council chairman Alan Marsh welcomed the plans but said he would like to see more being done for the port. He said: “There has to be more of an incentive than just being able to get here. What we need are the jobs that go with it.”