18/02/14

In response to recent queries made regarding tree removal and vegetation clearance for the Heysham to M6 Link Road, Project Manager for Lancashire County Council, Steve McCreesh said: "We’ve removed the minimum number of trees needed for the road to be built, and all of those which have been removed are within the footprint of the construction works. For every tree we remove during construction of the link road, 13 new trees will be planted – altogether we're removing 11,000 square metres of woodland and planting 150,000 square metres."

In reference to the area close to the existing motorway bridge across the River Lune Steve McCreesh said “The area of clearance around the river appears intrusive because the new bridge is nearly 34 metres wide, which is wider than the existing motorway bridge, and there's a need for extra land for working space around such a significant structure. The working space will be replanted once the bridge is open to a standard that will significantly increase the biodiversity of this area.

Some areas need to be excavated for the road whilst other areas will require building up with the construction of embankments to support the road. The angle of all the slopes have been the subject of engineering calculations to ensure that they will all be stable and will not be subject to landslip."