Today is road D-Day

A view of the M6 Junction 34.
A view of the M6 Junction 34.
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A FINAL decision on the Heysham to M6 link road is due any time now.

Today (Tuesday) is the deadline day for Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, to give a final yes or no to the £123m road.

If McLoughlin signs off on the plans, work will start this summer.

The road will link the junction of the A683 and A589 by Lancaster and Morecambe College with Junction 34 of the M6 motorway. The project also involves a fully remodelled junction 34, with new slip roads, a new bridge over the River Lune and a 600 space park and ride.

An M6 link road was first mooted in 1948 but has been wracked with controversy with other routes looked at and rejected over the years.

Proponents of the road say it will boost the local economy, ease traffic congestion between Morecambe and Lancaster, and create jobs.

Opponents say it is a waste of money, will destroy green belt and make little difference to traffic.

We will bring you the announcement as soon as we get it.