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North Lancashire link road given go-ahead
CONSTRUCTION of a new road linking Heysham and Morecambe to the M6 motorway could begin in 2012 after the Government gave it the green light.
The Department for Transport has announced that the Heysham-M6 Link is one of a number of key infrastructure projects nationwide to receive financial backing.
However, the Government has asked for the total cost of the scheme to be reduced before a final funding offer is agreed.
The new road has long been Lancashire County Council's highest priority infrastructure project.
County Councillor Tim Ashton, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This is great news.
"The M6 link is more than just a road - it will be an engine for economic growth for the whole of the region.
"Its construction will generate thousands of jobs and a six-fold return for every pound invested in it.
County Councillor Ashton added: "I fully understand why the Department for Transport is asking us to reduce the costs of the scheme within the wider context of the comprehensive spending review.
"We've already been looking at how we can save money on the scheme and I look forward to being able to finally agree funding with the Department for Transport before the end of the year."
An inquiry will now be scheduled to hear objections to Compulsory Purchase Orders for land needed for the scheme.
Construction could begin in 2012 with the road opened to traffic in 2015.