Energy Coast bridge praised
Written by Jason Rushworth on July 9, 2020
FROM OUR REPORTER JASON RUSHWORTH
Locals have been reacting online today, to the new proposed tidal Bridge linking the Cumbrian Coast.
At Prime ministers Questions today it was claimed the new green highway incorporating tidal energy would befitting communities from Barrow to Workington.
Simon Fell MP for Barrow and Furness restated his ambition to see a “shiny new bridge” to spark a green revolution and leave a legacy of 7000 jobs from, Barrow-in-Furness up to Workington. The MP says it will supply 5% of the UK’s energy.
One tweeter wrote, “To imagine the people of Barrow producing tidal energy turbines instead of submarines”… Another tweeted – “Build Build Build.”
The Prime Minister is known to be fond of a bridge in linking our part of the world and went on to thank Mr Fell for bringing the “attractive idea” to his attention, before directing him to the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, Alok Sharma.
Speaking at PMQs today (July 8) conservative MP Mr Fell said: “It’s been said and I hope not uncharitably, that my right honourable friend has never met a bridge that he didn’t want to build.
“Off the Cumbrian coast, we have the opportunity to steal a march for the tidal barrage which would supply five per cent of the UK’s energy needs, in a green, sustainable way and leave a legacy of jobs in Copeland, Barrow-in-Furness and Workington and give us 7000 jobs.
“It would allow us to connect the communities that have got a terrible transport network at the moment, with a shiny new bridge and it would allow us to build, build, build, our way into a green revolution. “Would the prime minister agree to meet with me and my Cumbrian colleagues to explore this deal further.”
The tidal crossing bridge was first proposed as part of our Energy Cast 10 years ago.