22/02/16

Lancashire County Council transport bosses are reminding people that there's still time to make history by voting for the official name of the new Heysham to M6 Link Road.

More than 6,050 votes have been received so far, with just over a week to go before the voting finishes.

With construction of the road progressing well, it's now time to choose an official name for the new route. This will be used to describe the road and will feature on signposts, maps, and Sat Navs.

More than one hundred suggestions were given for the official name of the long-awaited new road, which is due to open later this year. And they've now been whittled down to just four.

The shortlisted names are:
• Heysham Link
• Heysham Way
• Albert Halton Way (Awarded the Victoria Cross in World War 1)
• The Bay Gateway

You have until 5pm on Tuesday 1 March to cast a vote for your favourite.

To vote for your favourite, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/heyshamlink.

You can also vote in person at the Lancaster Visitor Information Centre on Meeting House Lane and the Morecambe Visitor Information Centre on Marine Road Central.

The official name will be announced in March. 

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "We want people to vote for their favourite from the shortlist. People can vote for their choice up to 5pm on 1 March.

"Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote so far. It's generated a lot of discussion and we hope that people will get behind these names and vote for their favourite.

"The construction of the new road is going well. For example, all of the main structures are well on their way and work is continuing on the carriageways. The A6 bridge is expected to open at the end of March and parts of the M6 junction should be completed later this month."

The stretch of road from Morecambe Road to Northgate has now partially reopened and the section to Mellishaw Lane is also open.

Construction has continued on the Lune West Bridge over the River Lune, with work starting on the concrete deck. The first couple of deck pours have already taken place, with more planned in the near future.

The Heysham to M6 Link Road is being constructed by Costain.

Construction of the road began in January 2014, with more than 1.7m cubic metres of earth moved so far.

The new £124.5m link road will connect the Heysham peninsula directly to the M6, providing better access to Morecambe and industrial areas which include the Port of Heysham and the Heysham power stations. 

Heysham port, the third largest in the North West, is developing as a hub for services to Ireland. It is the supply base for major offshore gas field and wind farms.

The road will reduce congestion in the Lancaster area especially on Caton Road, Morecambe Road and the Greyhound and Skerton bridges.

The main part of the scheme involves constructing a 4.8km dual carriageway from the A589 between Morecambe and Lancaster to an upgraded Junction 34 on the M6, with additional measures to improve transport in the city.

For updates on the work, follow @Heysham_Link on Twitter or visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/heyshamlink