Campaigners unite against M6 link road

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FOUR campaign groups have joined forces to call on the Government to withdraw its support for the Heysham-M6 link road.

Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM), the Campaign To Protect Rural England, the Campaign for Better Transport and Friends of the Earth have jointly written to Transport Under-Secretary Norman Baker.

They claim that when Lancashire County Council submitted its plan to cut the costs of the scheme from £139m to £123m in January, it was on the understanding that the existing planning application would be amended.

It has since emerged that the council must submit an entirely new application to a new Infrastructure Planning Commission, and the campaign groups therefore argue that the government gave its support in principle to the road on the basis of incorrect information.

The council said it could save £7.3m by raising the proposed Shefferlands roundabout near Halton – meaning there was no longer a requirement to dispose of large amount of soil.

See the Lancaster Guardian (04-08-11) for full story.