The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP Secretary of State for Transport visits Addison along with Paul Maynard MP as concerns are raised with the journey times between the Kirkham/Fleetwood junction of the M55 and the Hillhouse Business Park which includes the roads A585, A586, mains lane and Amoundernous way.
Marcus Addison showed the minister around Addison’s brand new R&D manufacturing facility on the Hillhouse Business Park, Thornton Cleveleys. This facility was officially opened earlier this year by the Prime Minister The Rt Hon David Cameron MP. Within this facility Addison manufacture and develop composite and exotic steel component parts for applications in the medical industry, such as knee joints, aircraft landing gear for the aerospace industry and even parts for F1 racing cars. Their prestigious client list includes names such as Rolls Royce, Bosch and Airbus.
Marcus Addison comments
“Addison are on a journey of growth and having good transport links in and out of the Hillhouse site to the motorway network is vitally important to delivering competitive parts to our customers and to attracting the highly skilled engineers to the company. The current road network, particularly in peak times, can be torturous and the increased journey times can also make us uncompetitive when opportunities arise across the Northwest.
“A faster road network will undoubtedly allow us to be more competitive, enable us to take on more staff and safeguard existing jobs. The Secretary of State for Transport The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP appeared genuinely interested and impressed with the work we do here at Addison. Having the opportunity to discuss these issues openly with him, I considered very encouraging that something will be done about improving the main arterial road network. Whilst I would expect there to be some short term pain whilst these improvements are underway, over the long term this can only be good news for the competitiveness of businesses in the area”.