The new chief executive of Lancaster City Council said the Bay Gateway road is a “fantastic opportunity for our area”.
Susan Parsonage was speaking ahead of today’s official opening of the Heysham to M6 link road which will be open to traffic this afternoon.
“I think the Bay Gateway represents a fantastic opportunity for economic growth for the area and it really opens up the area, nationally and internationally and for the north west of course,” she said.
“So its a really great thing for Lancaster and Morecambe and the district.
“Firstly it will create more jobs in the sense that I’m sure the quick link to the port will mean more businesses being attracted to the area and in many ways it will see more visitors to the area and footfall.
“There will be traffic, there will be some noise but it looks like there have been ways to mitigate that. But it is such a key link and infrastructure element to the area.
“My expectation now is that lorries will have a direct link to the Bay Gateway to the port so I would expect there would be a reduction in heavy good vehicles.
“I have spoken to people from the area who will use this road as a direct link into Morecambe, I know it will remain to be seen what the impact on traffic will be, but one would expect there will be a reduction in traffic and air pollution.”
The first vehicles will be allowed onto the Bay Gateway later today. No official opening time has been given but it is expected to be after noon.