Chancellor hints at roads good news

The Chancellor George Osborne was in Thornton this afternoon and took time out to visit road improvement work being done on the A585/Bourne Way junction.'The Chancellor gets a close look at road surfacing techniques.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-11-2014
The Chancellor George Osborne was in Thornton this afternoon and took time out to visit road improvement work being done on the A585/Bourne Way junction.'The Chancellor gets a close look at road surfacing techniques. PIC BY ROB LOCK'14-11-2014
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The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has hinted that there may be good news on the roads front for the Fylde coast.

He was speaking on a visit to Thornton where he unveiled a new £16m plastic film plant at growing polymers firm 
Victrex.

He also visited the site of roadworks being carried out to improve the busy A585 at Bourne Way at the invitation of Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard.

He said: “Paul invited me to come and see this impressive high tech investment in this part of Lancashire and the improvements to the A585.

“Work is being carried out but there is potential to go much further. In a couple of weeks we will be revealing our investment plans for the year ahead.

“What I’ve heard from the business community here is that communications and infrastructure are vital and the A585 is a vital part of that.”

The Highways Agency is currently carrying out work to relieve congestion at a number of ‘pinch points’ on main route through Wyre.

Asked if anything further could be done to boost communications to the Fleetwood area by road or even rail he said the whole issue was something the Government was looking at across the country.

He said: “I want to see more investment in infrastructure in Fleetwood and elsewhere in Lancashire.”

He said this was key to the long term economy as was supporting high tech industries the region.

He added: “It is fantastic to see this investment by Victrex in this new plant which is a world leader.

“I’m delighted it’s here and not in China or the US and it shows we have a great future both here in Lancashire and Britain and that we can compete in the global economy.”

He met business leaders over what further infrastructure investment they would like to see included in the Autumn Statement.

Tim Cooper, Managing Director of Victrex said: “We are delighted to welcome the Chancellor to unveil our new £16m polymer film plant. We also welcome his support for infrastructure and transport investment to help companies such as Victrex remain competitive.”