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Derek Twigg, MP for Halton

Working Hard for Widnes, Runcorn & Hale

Derek welcomes approval decision for new Mersey Gateway Bridge

04 Oct 2011

Derek has led a long parliamentary campaign for the proposed £600 million new Mersey Gateway Bridge and has welcomed the Government's announcement to allow the project to go ahead. This project had the support of all three main political parties.

Derek said:

"I would like to congratulate Halton Council on the success of their bid for a new crossing and in particular Cllr Tony McDermott who has led the campaign locally.  The Council brought together a coalition of local authorities and businesses in the Merseyside and Cheshire sub-region to support the scheme which was crucial to getting a positive decision from Government.  I will of course await with interest the precise details of the agreed funding package and will look at these very closely.

I would like to thank my fellow Merseyside and Cheshire MPs who gave me strong support in the parliamentary campaign for the Mersey Crossing. Like me, they could see the massive economic benefits that a new crossing would bring to Merseyside and Cheshire.  We need to ensure now that as many local people as possible are employed in the construction of the bridge.

We should also recognise the important role of the former Transport Secretary and Chancellor, the Rt. Hon. Alistair Darling MP, who allowed the scheme to go forward into major schemes programme entry list with funding in 2006. This allowed the planning and public inquiry process to begin."


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