Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today visited Dalton to meet local residents and discuss the Government’s plans for improving local transport in and around Barrow and Furness.
Speaking to residents ahead of further engagements in Whitehaven, Mr Grayling said:
“Barrow and Furness is a crucial part of the Northern Powerhouse and I’m glad to be here today to demonstrate that the Government is listening, learning and investing in infrastructure here.
“From bypassing the pinch-point at Grizebeck, to a complete renewal of the rolling stock across our northern train network, this Government is committed to ensuring that the whole of Cumbria benefits from transport investment, meaning more reliable and safer journeys.”
Simon Fell, Conservative Spokesman for Barrow and Furness said:
“Eighteen months ago, Trudy Harrison and I took the Transport Secretary to Grizebeck to see the pinch-point at Dove Ford for himself. I’m delighted that he is now here to formally announce the Government’s support for a bypass at that site. For those of us who travel daily from Barrow to Copeland and back again, the days of driving through a farmyard to do so are almost over!
“Alongside investment in our rail infrastructure, and a consultation on further improvements on the A595, this is the start of significant investment in our area from the Conservative government that will guarantee jobs and security for local people.”