THE Heysham to M6 link road is finally going to be built.
Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, has today given final sign-off on the £123m road and work is now scheduled to 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.
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