Fylde PM's pledge over link road delay

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has quizzed the Prime Minister over the progress of a new M55 link road for Lytham and St Annes.

Friday, 2nd December 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 12:30 pm
Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Mr Menzies asked Theresa May at Prime Minister’s Question Time if she would do everything possible to ensure the road would go ahead.

The Government has already pledged £2m to the scheme to reopen and improve the link road, known locally as the Moss Road.

It is hoped this will unlock the rest of the cash needed for the scheme.

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Speaking to the Prime Minister in Parliament, Mr Menzies said: “I welcome last week’s Autumn Statement and the announcement of £556m for infrastructure in the North of England.

“But despite this, and years of hard work, the M55 Lytham St Annes link road is still not assured.

“Can my honourable friend the Prime Minister do all that she can to ensure this vital local project for jobs and employment, is delivered without delay?”

The Prime Minister answered: “Can I commend my honourable friend for the hard work I know he has put in in relation to this project.

“I understand there is to be a significant sum of funding from a developer and my honourable friend has been working with the developer and the county council on this issue.

“The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership has submitted a linked bid to Highways England and it is being actively considered and I understand my honourable friend is meeting the minister for transport this afternoon to discuss this in more detail.”

It is hoped the road will be completed by 2019, alleviating congestion, with negotiations on final funding now under way.