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MP asks local businesses to back his ‘manifesto for the Lakes’

Tim Farron MP outside the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy

[L]ocal MP Tim Farron is asking local businesses to write to the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy asking them to back his calls for greater investment in infrastructure in the South Lakes.

Last month, Tim met with business minister Andrew Griffiths where he presented his ‘manifesto for the Lakes’ – which included calls for upgrades to the Lakes Line, better broadband access and further investment into strategic roads across the Lake District.

Tim said: “We have a thriving economy in the South Lakes with a recent study showing it’s one of the best performing in the North West.

“However too often our local businesses are restricted from reaching their full potential due to our creaking infrastructure.

“I had a very positive meeting with the minister where we presented our manifesto for the Lakes – focusing on improvements to our poor rail, road and broadband services.

“I want to say a big thanks to Cumbria Tourism and the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership whose input was massively helpful in forming our plan.

“To truly reap the benefits of World Heritage Site status, it’s vital that we all speak with one voice, so I would encourage all local businesses to write to the minister to back our plans for major investment in our area.”

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