2023-01-18 22:33:53

Levelling up: New Eden Project among UK schemes to share 2bn

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The government has set out more than 100 projects which will get a share of 2.1bn of levelling up funding.

PM Rishi Sunak reiterated his commitment to the mission championed by Boris Johnson, saying the money would create jobs and "spread opportunity".

The Eden Project North in Morecambe and train services in Cornwall are among the projects set to get funding.

But Labour said it was "a partial refund" on what the Tories "have stripped out of our communities".

The idea of "levelling up" - or reducing regional inequality - was a key part of Mr Johnson's 2019 election campaign.

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A total of 111 areas across the UK have been awarded money from the second round of the government's Levelling Up Fund.

The Eden Project North in Morecambe, Lancashire, will get 50m to help regenerate a derelict site on the seafront into an eco-tourism attraction.

There will also be a 50m grant to build a new direct train service linking Cornwall's largest urban areas.

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