Heysham to M6 Link creating jobs and investment

One year after work began on the Heysham to M6 Link Road, the project is already delivering on promises to create jobs and attract new investment to north Lancashire.

The project has also been a boost for local contractors and suppliers, and encouraged other businesses to invest ahead of the better transport links and resulting economic growth which the road is predicted to bring following completion in summer 2016.

"In addition we’ve created an additional role in our business at our local quarry, as well as two at the new ready-mix plant at Leapers Wood which was primarily installed to supply the project."

"We have been investing heavily in new ships and we are confident that with the right ships, the new road and new customers basing themselves here, we will see an increase in business at Heysham port, bringing investment for the area and jobs for the local community.

County Councillor John Fillis, Lancashire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The Heysham to M6 Link has always been about more than building a new road – creating this much better connection to the Heysham peninsula will bring economic growth across the region.

Following an initial phase in which 1 million cubic metres of earth was moved to create a path for the link road, Costain is now working on the construction of 11 major structures needed to take it over and under existing infrastructure.

The new £124.5m link road will connect the Heysham peninsula directly to the M6, providing better access to Morecambe and industrial areas which include the Port of Heysham and the Heysham power stations. It will also reduce congestion in the Lancaster area especially on Caton Road, Morecambe Road and the Greyhound and Skerton bridges.

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