BREAKING NEWS: Link road goes ahead after last appeal fails

Project manager Steve McCreesh discusses the Heysham To M6 Link Road plans on display in Lancaster Town Hall with county coun Sarah Fishwick.
Project manager Steve McCreesh discusses the Heysham To M6 Link Road plans on display in Lancaster Town Hall with county coun Sarah Fishwick.
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Work on the Heysham to M6 Link Road will begin in the New Year after protesters failed at the final hurdle.

One last attempt by campaigners Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) to stop the road was thrown out by the Court of Appeal today (Thursday).

Lancashire County Council can now start to build the £124.5m road to link a remodelled Junction 34 of the M6 motorway with the Heysham bypass.

The road will run through parts of Halton and Torrisholme, and will include new slip roads, a new bridge over the River Lune and a 600 space park and ride site.

County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We’ve always been confident of the case for the link road, which is widely supported by local people and businesses, and I couldn’t be more pleased that we can now get on with building it.

“The road will provide excellent value for money in terms of considerable benefits for local traffic, businesses and employment, while acting as a catalyst for wider economic growth.

“Whilst I’m very satisfied at the strong judgement in our favour, I’m also extremely frustrated that objectors have cost the people of Lancashire an extra £2.6m by pursuing what amount to no more than delaying tactics.

“I went to see the depot being constructed earlier this week, and I’m looking forward to seeing work on the road itself start in earnest in the New Year.”

David Gate from TSLM said the legal system had “failed the local community and common sense.”

“Our case against the road remains strong, persuasive and reasonable,” said Mr Gate.

”TSLM is very proud indeed to have taken a central role over nine years in defending the interests of all those who will be damaged by this unnecessary road, and in pointing out the deep flaws in the case for the road, and the strong arguments for the alternatives to the road.

”TSLM has always been very clear, on the basis of professional advice, that the road

will not deliver jobs or relief from congestion, and at £43m per mile of road is a huge waste of money that could and should be spent on the clear, alternative measures that will create jobs and solve congestion problems.

“This failure of public policy has produced an expensive, destructive and ultimately useless new road.”

David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, said: “The Heysham M6 Link Road will be a much needed asset to the local community and will provide an economic boost to the local community bringing new jobs to the constituency.”

Visitor reader Martin Hodgson said on Twitter: “Finally! Get it started!”