Tidal Barge/Bridge Across Morecambe Bay
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There should be a tidal barrier built across Morecambe Bay from Heysham, Lancashire to Barrow in Furness, Cumbria with a road (and possibly a cycle and pedestrian path) going along the top of it to generate tidal energy which would be a reliable, environmentally friendly energy source for the North West which would be an alternative to fracking. The road along the top would reduce travel times between western Cumbria and Lancashire which is important because it would help regenerate the economy of the most deprived parts of Cumbria with quicker and better access to the rest of the country and to employers in Lancashire. Also, employers in Cumbria would be able to attract a much wider pool of talent from outside of Cumbria as well as attract more business. The construction of the barrier itself would create many local jobs. Therefore, this would benefit people as much as employers.
Cumbria is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations and the tourism industry is largely focused on the east of Cumbria and the bridge would allow it to flourish and expand westwards. Other beneficiaries include the nuclear power industry and B.A.E which have a strong presence in both Lancashire and Cumbria, the public sector with greater access to talent, jobs and services. Also, the renewable energy industry would be given a significant boost which would promote a sustainable future in the North West.
Therefore, a Morecambe Bay bridge/barrier would be a huge economic boost, benefiting the North West, without the environmental impact that fracking threatens to bring to the North West. It may be very expensive but it is time that the focus of economic investment is moved out of the South East to the rest of the country and the benefits of a bridge would be long term.
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