Heysham M6 Link Road

The Heysham M6 Link Road is a legacy scheme with a long history, the present version dating from 2004. After a long campaign against it by objectors, including two public inquiries and two legal challenges, it was approved in December 2013. This article discusses how the promoter, Lancashire County Council, decided on a road solution before it had identified the problem it was intended to solve, refused to listen to objectors, including the Council (Lancaster) where the scheme is located, and ignored national issues such as the need to reduce emissions. The justification for the scheme was convincingly disproved during a nine year campaign: it will not relieve congestion, or bring jobs, or regenerate the area; and better, cheaper alternatives exist. The case was further undermined as traffic growth, journey time savings, BCR and new jobs forecasts all reduced significantly. However, in spite of the convincing case against it, the scheme's long life and the government's obsession with infrastructure spending carried it through.


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  • Accession Number: 01531867
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 4:48PM