How the M6 link bridge will look

Bridge across the Lune
Bridge across the Lune

This computer generated image show how a new 600 space park and ride facility in Caton Road will look when the Heysham M6 link road is completed in 2016.

Caton Road runs horizontally across the image, with the M6 on the right. The new link road runs parallel with it, before hitting the new Shefferlands roundabout, taking vehicles south east to Morecambe and Heysham, and north west to join a new motorway junction.

Lancashire County Council said the £124.5m, 4.8km road wil bring a “new era of economic growth and improved transport” to the Lancaster district.

After years of legal wranglings, planning applications, objections and public hearings, the county council’s construction partners Costain will begin work in the New Year. Objectors Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) said the legal system had “failed the community and common sense” after it was unable to convince a Court of Appeal judge to grant a judicial review last week.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “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.”

Costain said that 3,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase.

The council said the road will improve access to Heysham Port, the third largest in the North West, allowing it to develop as a hub for services to Ireland, and as a supply base for major offshore gas field and wind farms.

The county council said it would be carrying out investigations into costs, air quality and traffic patterns to properly assess the impact of the development over a number of years.

The project also involves a fully remodelled junction 34, with new slip roads, a new bridge over the Lune, a 600 space park and ride facility and cycle and walking paths along the entire route.

Andrew Langley, Costain project manager, said: “We are just looking forward to getting started on the construction of the new road.

“We have already engaged with several local companies, and have already started the local employment and training programme.”