M6 link road saga continues

An artist's impression of the proposed northern bypass. Previously Torrisholme Road was to be diverted 300 metres north east to a new road bridge.  A pedestrian underpass was to run underneath the M6 Link.
An artist's impression of the proposed northern bypass. Previously Torrisholme Road was to be diverted 300 metres north east to a new road bridge. A pedestrian underpass was to run underneath the M6 Link.
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The saga of the Heysham to M6 link road is still not over.

Objectors hope to appeal again against the decision to approve building of the road.

Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe (TSLM) are waiting for permission from the Court of Appeal to continue their fight.

County Coun John Fillis from Lancashire County Council called this “delaying tactics.”

“I believe that the request for permission to appeal will be rejected, but while we are waiting for the Court of Appeal to do that, work on the construction process is being further delayed and the cost to the people of Lancashire are continuing to increase,” he said.

Last week a High Court judge dismissed TSLM’s bid for a judicial review.

He said “there was no arguable case that the decision to grant development consent was unlawful.”

This came after the Secretary of State for Transport gave final approval for the road, which will link junction 34 of the M6 with a new junction near Lancaster & Morecambe College.

David Gate from TSLM said he expected the decision to be quick.

“Our barrister’s advice is the judge’s decision was wrong,” said Mr Gate, who said TSLM was contesting the report of Mr Justice Turner on three grounds.

“It’s not enough for Lancashire County Council to say it’s got to happen quickly, it’s got to be legal.”

He said TSLM’s legal battle was being funded by its 1,000 supporters but was unwilling to say how much it was costing them.