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Lord Walney cheers Barrow town centre and A595 funding pledges

Written by on 27th October 2020

Lord Walney cheers Barrow town centre and A595 funding pledges

Lord Walney played a key role in securing towns deal funding for Barrow in his final months as the MP Barrow and Furness and persuaded the government to make Dove Ford eligible for the government’s road investment scheme after ministers originally left that part of the A595 off the list for improvements.

Welcoming the announcements, Lord Walney said: “These announcements are brilliant news for Furness and are massive steps towards realising the economic vision for the area that we were pursuing when I was the area’s MP. The fact that Barrow is at the front of the queue for towns deal funding shows ministers have recognised the case we were making on the link between improving the area and securing the workforce we need to keep the Dreadnought submarine programme on track. As I stepped down as an MP last year, I obtained an assurance from Robert Jenrick that he understood the marina village’s particular importance to this so it is great to see that being recognised today.

“It is also a huge joy to see the A595 bottleneck at Dove Ford a step closer to being fixed – hats off to the tireless local road safety campaigners who are keeping up their amazing campaign. I am grateful to the borough council and my successor for keeping up the pressure and will do whatever they need to ensure both these vital improvements to our area are fully delivered.”