Rosie Cooper MP believes there is renewed hope for the future of the Ormskirk bypass. A Transport Minister confirmed in response to a Parliamentary Question tabled by Rosie that funding allocations for road schemes would be reviewed in 2008. At this time the Transport Secretary would seek further formal advice on regional transport priorities.
Since becoming MP for West Lancashire in 2005 the Ormskirk bypass has been a priority for the local MP, Rosie Cooper. An Ormskirk bypass would relieve traffic congestion in the town centre and provide a quicker route for people coming off the M58 heading for Southport.
Working with Rosie, Lancashire County Council is progressing with the environmental impact and economic studies with a view to submitting a planning application for the Ormskirk Bypass later this year.
“It is encouraging news for the Ormskirk bypass that the Department for Transport will be reviewing the regional funding allocations by the end of 2008. If there is any slippage on the existing priority schemes then through the continuing work the Ormskirk Bypass should be in pole position to take advantage of any such opportunities.”
“I have not given up on the belief that we can secure the funding to get the Ormskirk bypass built. We must continue to fight for the bypass until all our options have been exhausted but that is a long way off.”
“There is no doubt it will be a hard fight in the face of the existing regional priorities but it is a fight we must take on and win.”