Copeland MP calls for further investment in transport infrastructure

8th January 2015

A595 should become a ‘hi-tech highway’
Copeland MP, Jamie Reed, has welcomed the announcement from the Department for Transport that passengers on the Cumbrian Coast railway line will benefit from more trains, though presses the need for further investment in Copeland’s transport infrastructure, including the crucial A595 artery.
Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:
“Along with others, I’ve been calling for these improvements for years. While any investment in the Cumbrian Coast railway line will be welcomed by my constituents, this will only help to solve part of the problems with Copeland’s transport infrastructure.
“Not only do the Government and rail operators need to press ahead with finalising details of extra capacity, it is vital that we see much-needed investment in the A595, which is the most important transport artery through Copeland and used by thousands of commuters each day on their way to and from Sellafield. I want to see the A595 become a hi-tech highway, linking Lillyhall, Westlakes, Sellafield and Barrow together so that our world class high technology industries can grow and more jobs can be created. We have a unique economic vision unlike anywhere else in the country, it’s taken us a long time to progress our plans to this point and infrastructure investment is undeniably needed.

“With the new-build nuclear power station at Moorside about to get underway, this is even more important and the construction phase will require significant infrastructure improvements. This is a challenge that we should be glad to have. Barrow MP John Woodcock and I are calling upon the Government to invest in a long overdue serious upgrade of the A595. West Cumbria and South West Cumbria requires these improvements to be able to fully achieve our world-class potential.”

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