Bulldozers and heavy machinery have moved on to an area of land that will become a depot for staff working on the Heysham M6 Link Road.
Lancashire County Council has begun constructing an area to accommodate staff, offices and equipment at Halton Training Camp in Halton Road, which will take around 12 weeks to build.
Work on the road itself would not start until the legal process allowing final appeal against the project had been completed but having the depot in place will help reduce further delays and costs, the council said.
It will include car parking, access roads and several temporary prefabricated buildings to provide an open plan office and training rooms, as well as canteens, changing and drying rooms, and toilets.
The land has been leased from the Ministry of Defence.
The county council said it had considered the risk of having to remove the depot should the legal appeal against the link road be upheld, but said it has taken the view that the balance is in favour of constructing the depot “given the strength of the High Court decision against the objector’s legal case”, and the benefit of saving 12 weeks in construction time and costs which would be incurred by any further delay.
County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The Heysham to M6 Link Road is a very large construction project which means we need a depot to allow safe and efficient coordination of activity by the engineering team before work on the road itself can begin.
“The recent judgement in the High Court rejecting an application for Judicial Review was very strongly in our favour, but we’re now awaiting the outcome of an application to the Court of Appeal against the decision made by the High Court.
“These delaying tactics are very frustrating and add to the costs of the project.
“It is difficult to say how long the legal process will take but one way we can reduce further costly delays is to construct the depot to allow work to start on the road itself as soon as the legal proceedings are finished.
“The depot will be a temporary feature as it’s only needed during the two and a half year construction period and will be removed afterwards.”
Construction of the depot area started on Monday 28 October.
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