Heysham to M6 link road will be named The Bay Gateway

The official name for the new Heysham to M6 Link Road has been chosen by the public.

More than 9,000 votes were cast, with the Bay Gateway* taking almost half of all votes.

The official name for the new route, also known as the A683, will be used to describe the road and will feature on signposts, maps, and Sat Navs.

The results were:

  • The Bay Gateway : 49% (4,520 votes) 
  • Albert Halton Way (Awarded the Victoria Cross in World War 1) : 24% (2,216 votes) 
  • Heysham Link : 17% (1,598 votes) 
  • Heysham Way : 10% (959 votes)

A total of 9,293 votes were cast by the public. People could vote online, as well as in person at the Lancaster Visitor Information Centre on Meeting House Lane and the Morecambe Visitor Information Centre on Marine Road Central.

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 were whittled down to the four choices for the public to vote on.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Morecambe Bay is one of the most well-known and best loved parts of our county. The new road will bring people to the bay, so it seems a very fitting choice for the name.

"The name will start to appear on Sat Navs, maps and signs, making this an important landmark in this major project.

"Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote. It's generated a lot of discussion about people's favourites.

"I'm looking forward to being able to travel along the Bay Gateway when it opens later this year."

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: "The Bay Gateway will bring new commercial opportunities, especially for the port and for businesses based around Morecambe and Heysham.

"This long-awaited new road will make the area more appealing for businesses by reducing travel times and increasing connections to the regional and national road network. It will also reduce congestion and help people to get around the area, opening up new job opportunities.

"We're delighted to see the progress on the road so far, and we're now looking forward to seeing the Bay Gateway open later this year."


*The winning name was put forward by Zoe Hutton, Contract Manager from EDF Energy.