Savings could deliver M6 link

HIGHWAYS bosses are urging the government to give the Heysham-M6 link road the green light after identifying more than £16m of savings.

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

Those savings were this week revealed by Lancashire County Council, with the original £139m cost now reduced to £123m.

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.

See the Lancaster Guardian (04-02-11) for full story.