Today is an historic day in the future of our country – and for Lancashire in particular. Why?
Because we’re signing local Growth Deals up and down England, giving our great towns and cities the money they need to invest in skills, infrastructure and businesses – so they can build a better future.
There’s a simple idea behind these growth deals: trusting people.
For the past few months, we’ve been working with local businesses, universities, colleges and councils to understand what places like Lancashire need to unlock growth. And today, we are going to put pen to paper and make it happen.
In Lancashire we’re signing a deal worth over £230 million. This money is going to be used to invest in things that really matter here including improvements to road and rail to boost business and help commuters, supporting new housing and backing tourism.
Plans include a new link road connecting the south of Blackpool to the north of St Annes, repairing bridges across Blackpool, improving the train lines from Blackburn to Bolton and other transport improvements from Burnley to Pendle, and a new Heritage Visitor Attraction for the Winter Gardens.
The key point is that behind all these really important projects lies more jobs, more industry and businesses, more growth and more financial security.