Plans have been drawn up for a new £12bn tidal power project spanning Cumbria and south-west Scotland, and supplying energy to millions of homes. Energy company North West Energy Squared is exploring the possibility of developing the 67-mile Solway Tidal Project between Workington in Cumbria and Stranraer (pictured) in south-west Scotland. The company claims that the tidal barrage would create more than 12MWh a year of energy per year, enough to power 2.5m homes. It would also involve the construction of a 67-mile road, running along the top of the barrage, which would cut the journey time between Scotland and Cumbria by 70 miles. The Solway Tidal Lagoon Project is the biggest of six tidal projects across the North-west of England that have been proposed by the company. The other planned projects include the Mersey Tidal Gate Way, the Ribble Estuary Gate Way, north of Southport, and the Dee Tidal Gateway linking Prestatyn to West Kirby in Merseyside. North West Energy Squared’s plans also include the development of the Morecambe Bay Tidal Gateway, linking Heysham to Barrow on the Fylde Coast.