Government agrees to link road funding

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THE Heysham-M6 link road this morning moved a step closer after the government pledged to stump up cash for a cut-price scheme.

In October the scheme survived a cull of major road schemes amid public spending cuts on the understanding that significant savings would be made

Lancashire County Council has reduced the original £139m cost to £123m after making several changes to the design of the road.

While the Department for Transport’s contribution has fallen from £133mm to £111m, local taxpayers face an increased burden, with the council’s share of the cost almost doubling from £6.4m to £12.3m.

Tim Ashton, the council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “The idea for a major road link from the port of Heysham dates back half a century and I’m very proud that we’re finally going to deliver it.

“The Heysham-M6 link will generate thousands of jobs during construction alone, promote ongoing economic growth in the region and reduce traffic congestion in Lancaster city centre.”

For more reaction to the decision see next week’s Lancaster Guardian.