M6 link road taking shape

Highways Reporters

Work on the £124.5 million M6 Heysham link road is progressing quickly with contractor Costain putting up a number of major structures along the route.

Among the structures, eight 42-metre steel beams have been installed at the Folly railway bridge, which crosses the West Coast Main Line. Work on the bridge deck is now underway during a series of Saturday night possessions of the railway.

Additionally, a series of 30-metre pre-cast concrete spans have been installed over the Lancaster Canal for the new Milestone Canal Bridge, with backfill, a saddle and bridge deck next to be installed. The bridge will be the longest-span twin pre-cast arch beam bridge in the UK.

“We had a massively successful first year of earthworks, moving just over one million m³ of material, with around another 700,000m³ planned for this year. We really start to ramp that up into April,” said community relations officer, Tom Horton.

“The structures are steadily going up at several locations, we have started to lay Tarmac at major junctions such as Morecambe Road and we’ve diverted over 20,000 metres of cables and pipes belonging to utility companies.”

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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