Whisper it quietly...but Morecambe might just be turning the corner.
The Heysham to M6 link road is finally being built, a new £17m shopping park is planned for the eyesore Frontierland site, a £5.5m housing regeneration scheme is under way in the West End, and there are other signs that Morecambe could be looking at a much brighter future. We spoke to some of the key people behind Morecambe’s regeneration and Visitor readers for their views on a possible Morecambe revival
Work is well under way on the M6 link road and Morecambe’s business community couldn’t be happier.
Industry leaders say the 4.8km dual carriageway - on course to open in the summer of 2016 - will bring huge economic benefits by slashing journey times and cutting congestion, making the district a more attractive place to trade.
A study for Lancashire County Council predicts North Lancashire will get a £4.40 return for every £1 invested in the road.
Just this week, part of Torrisholme Road was closed as part of work to build a new bridge which forms part of the £124m project to link the Heysham bypass with Junction 34 of the M6.
And people across the area have seen the arrival of diggers and workmen over the last few months.
Problems faced by hauliers travelling to Heysham Port were raised in a recent report which concluded “road bottlenecks” were hindering access to them - stifling growth.
Link road developer Costain aims to train and employ 100 local jobless people.
Thirty have already gained jobs.
Project manager Andrew Langley said: “It’s great the scheme has now started, we must now ensure we deliver this challenging scheme safely and to the highest quality.”
The link road includes new slip roads, a new bridge over the River Lune and a 600-space park-and-ride site.