Relief is at hand for motorists too often stuck as they try to get their quota of our Morecambe Bay shrimps! The roads from Lancaster to Morecambe and through Carnforth, have been a traffic jam getting worse each year," said two local Cllrs, Cllr Pattison and Reynolds. "It has stifled investment in our town, dissuaded visitors from coming and seeing the glorious sunsets over our lovely Morecambe Bay to the beautiful Lake District. And of course, eating our scrumptious Morecambe Bay shrimps!" Morecambe Town Council, Lancaster Council and Lancashire County Council have lobbied hard for this to be built to help regenerate our town. Former Labour MP Geraldine Smith took our case to the very top, camping outside Gordon Brown's office until she got a promise it would be built. And she got that promise! Even the austerity blind George Osborne couldn't cancel it' commented Cllr. Reynolds, 'so good was the case the Councils and Geraldine put forward'. "I am so excited for our towns and villages," said Cllr. Pattison and Reynolds "This will be a huge opportunity for The while district. Industry will have a rapid and direct link to the country's main arterial network, attracting more investment; day and weekend visitors will not be put off by traffic jams, spending money in our shops, creating even more jobs. Cllr. Pattison said ' the new road will Improve journey times to popular tourist and recreation areas in Morecambe, boosting our local economy'. A report produced by Lancashire County Council predicts that for every £1 spent on the road, our area will benefit by £4. Cllr. Reynolds, elected in May to the Carnforth and Millhead Ward said
'With the main thrust of activity focused on Morecambe and Lancaster, it's easy to forget the benefits of the road to areas like Carnforth and the villages. We can expect better local air quality, especially in areas subject to high levels of pollution, like the A6 in Carnforth'.Councillor John Reynolds
Commenting on the huge effort made by successive local Councillors to secure the road, retiring County Cllr. Hanson said
' The plan to build this road began in 1948, and I'm delighted to see it nearing completion. Over many years, the County Council has worked with local people and Councillors to get here'Councillor Janice Hanson
. The Bay Gateway is due to open on October 31st. John and Margaret are both candidates in the County Council elections next May. John is standing for Lancaster Rural North, Carnforth and the surrounding villages, and Margaret in Morecambe. Both John and Margaret are committed to, 'squeezing out every possible £1 of investment' out of this opportunity, as well as ensuring all health and wellbeing benefits are achieved.