Last chance for appeal against M6 link road

Work starts on M6 link road.
Work starts on M6 link road.

An oral hearing – the final stage in the appeals process for those objecting to the Heysham M6 link road – has been scheduled for November 28.

Barristers for Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) will have 20 minutes to try to convince a Court of Appeal judge in London that they should accept a full appeal hearing.

TSLM would have to convince the judge that there was justification in overturning the secretary of state for transport’s decision to grant planning permission for the road.

If they succeed on the day, a full Court of Appeal hearing would be scheduled for a later date, but if not, the coast is clear for Lancashire County Council’s contractors Costain to start work on the road in earnest.

The county council said that work on the £128.9m road, which will connect the M6 at a new junction 34 to the Heysham by-pass alongside Lancaster and Morecambe College, would begin in late January.

The government has pledged £111m towards the cost of the road, with the remainder being made up by the county council.

The county council’s costs recently increased by a total of £1.6m, including a £900,000 increase in preparation costs.

Work has already started on the main depot for staff working on the road.

The site, at Halton Training Camp in Halton Road, is currently being prepared to house staff, equipment and construction vehicles.

The first phase of the build will be a new road bridge over the river Lune.