01/03/13

The Heysham to M6 Link Road project is at a critical point and we very much hope that we will get full approval from the government to progress with the road by 19 March 2013.

Subject to approval being granted, the main construction work is scheduled to start on site this July with the road completed and opened to traffic in late 2015.

Ahead of the main works, Costain (the contractor who will be appointed to build the road) is currently working with the county council to agree detailed designs of the new link road. Archaeology investigation work is also being planned to start in from Monday 11 March. Works will be taking place along the proposed route and will involve excavators digging trenches to find out if there are any areas that need further investigation before any major construction work can take place.

The link road will connect the peninsula directly to the M6, providing better access to Morecambe and industrial areas which include the Port of Heysham and the Heysham power stations. It will also reduce congestion in the Lancaster area especially on Caton Road, Morecambe Road and the Greyhound and Skerton bridges. The project also involves a fully remodelled junction 34, with new slip roads, a new bridge over the River Lune and a 600 space park and ride site.

Construction alone is expected to employ over 3,000 people. Around 100 local unemployed people will also receive training and jobs during construction.