Your invitation to a briefing on the £10bn Morecambe Bay crossing

Northern Tidal Power Gateways (NTPG) is hosting a briefing to update businesses on its plans for crossings of Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary.

The £10bn barrage project would carry a dual carriageway and incorporate turbines to generate electricity from tidal flows.

It could supply 2% of the UK’s electricity, enough to power 2m homes, and NTPG believes the scheme could be completed by 2031.

And it has the potential to transform communications to Furness and West Cumbria by significantly reducing journey times.

The briefing takes place at Kendal Town Hall, in Highgate, on Friday 7th June 2019, starting at 11am but with tea and coffee available from 10:30am.

To register your interest in attending, email

Rob Johnston, Chief Executive of Cumbria Chamber of Commerce, will speak at the event alongside Alan Torevell, Executive Chairman of NTPG. Other members of the NTPG board will be available to answer any technical questions.

Rob said: “The Chamber has been supportive from the start because we believe this project could be transformational for Furness and West Cumbria, and help the UK meet its targets to reduce CO2 emissions.

“It would generate green electricity from tidal flows, reduce emissions from vehicles by shortening journeys and create opportunities for work and learning by uniting Barrow and Lancaster in a single travel-to-work area.

“Given the increased focus on tackling climate change, this scheme is a golden opportunity for the UK to take a lead on this issue.

“That’s why we’ve asked Transport for the North to evaluate the project and why we’ve encouraged Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership to reference it in its new Local Industrial Strategy.”

Click here to download a nine-page report from NTPG, providing more information and an update on progress.

Listen to our podcast with Alan Torevell, recorded last year:

And watch a report on the project by BBC TV’s North West Tonight:

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