West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper called on Ministers to provide clarity on how Local Growth Funds could be used for transport investment.

During questions to the Transport Ministers, MP Rosie asked how the new Local Growth Funds will be used to deliver major schemes.

Rosie asked the Minister whose door she should knock on to get funding for the Burscough Curves, a railway station for Skelmersdale and the Ormskirk Bypass.

MP Rosie said:

“I’ve said on many occasions that investment to improve transport provision in West Lancashire is essential.

“However, this Conservative-led Government has become very good at creating new local bodies, such as the local transport bodies, giving them decision-making powers and then slashing funding available to them.  So it looks as if you’re giving local people a say on choosing their priorities.  The problem is the funding is not sufficient to support these priorities. 

“For us in Lancashire it means we are competing for less and less funding across a bigger area.  In the past Lancashire County Council was the transport authority.  With the new local transport bodies we have Lancashire along with Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen Councils all with real needs and all competing for the same pot of money.

“Transport schemes are seen to provide improved transport services, create jobs and give a boost to the local economy.  The problem is that this Government is big on promises and short on delivery. 

“I look forward to working with the Local Transport Body as I know they will be keen to support improved local transport the best they can but once again they’ve been left in a difficult position by a Government that is running away from the big decisions.”

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