Following a letter from more than 100 businesses to Downing Street urging the Prime Minister to approve the project as soon as possible, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have reiterated their support for the lagoon and demanded the project be given the go ahead in the budget.
In January the government commissioned Hendry Review strongly supported the lagoon, calling it a no regrets opportunity that was cost-effective and would bring significant economic opportunities to the region. The lagoon would act as a pathfinder project for larger lagoons across the UK, including at Newport, Cardiff and Colwyn Bay.
Welsh Lib Dem Leader Jane Dodds commented;
"The Swansea Tidal Lagoon is supported by the Hendry Review, local businesses and Assembly Members from all parties. The UK Government must end their dithering and get behind this crucial project.”
“Having already cancelled rail electrification to Swansea, the UK Government cannot neglect South Wales again by failing to approve the lagoon. If there is money for a £1bn deal with the DUP and for infrastructure projects across South East England, there is money for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon. How much longer must the people of Wales wait before they receive a fair deal?
“The Swansea Tidal Lagoon is a vital pathfinder project that could pave the way for lagoons across Wales from Newport to Colwyn Bay. These lagoons have the potential to make Wales a world leader in tidal energy, bringing untold environmental and economic benefits to their communities, Wales and the UK in the process.”
Leader of the Liberal Democrats Vince Cable said;
“Giving the go-ahead to the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon would not only be a significant economic boost for Wales and provide jobs, but it would help the UK to meet it’s vital climate change targets. Using the tides to power our homes is an important part of building a sustainable future for Britain.”