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North West Regional Development Agency

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the public transport schemes which the North West Regional Development Agency supports; and which are in Morecambe and Lunesdale. (79478)

[holding answer 29 June 2006]: The North West Regional Development Agency’s priorities for transport are set out in the 2006 Regional Economic Strategy (RES). The RES seeks to reduce levels of congestion by encouraging the use of public transport and reducing peak traffic volumes in all areas across the region.

The 10-year regional transport priorities have been submitted to Government as part of the Regional Funding Allocation process. There are no public transport schemes specifically in Morecambe and Lunesdale, but a number of public transport schemes across Lancashire are included in the investment programme.

The NWDA is financially supporting the Lancashire Rural Pathfinder Project, which is seeking to establish alternative approaches for access to services in rural communities. It covers a number of constituencies in Lancashire including Morecambe and Lunesdale.