Cabinet to consider funding to speed delivery of M55 Heyhouses Link Road

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Lancashire County Council's cabinet is to consider proposals to commit nearly £2m to support the accelerated delivery of the M55 Heyhouses Link Road.

The proposed link road would connect the existing roundabout at Whitehills Road to the north with Heyhouses Lane near the Cyprus Point development site to the south.

It would provide significantly improved access between Lytham St Annes and the M55, relieving congestion on smaller local roads, and supporting the commercial viability of local housing and business development sites. A key site linked to the scheme is Kensington Developments Ltd's Queensway residential site, where 1,150 new homes are due to be built.

County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Access from Lytham St Annes to the M55 is presently via a circuitous and busy route leading to unreliable journey times.

"The situation has worsened since the most direct route on Wild Lane was closed in 2013 but there is also a need to satisfy expected increased traffic demands from new housing developments, Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone and Whitehills Business Park.

"There are still a number of hurdles to overcome and we are working closely with partners to clear them, but securing the funding contributions we need is critical to taking the scheme forward to completion."

The scheme is currently estimated to cost £21.7m, with contributions also planned from Fylde Borough Council, the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Highways England, the Department for Transport and Kensington Developments Ltd.

The county council's £1.7m contribution will be subject to all other contributions being secured to fund the estimated cost of the scheme.

Lancashire County Council is currently working with consultants appointed by Kensington Developments Limited to finalise a design for the scheme. If project milestones are met, and funding is in place, a contract for the road's construction could be awarded as early as late April 2018, with the road potentially completed in Spring 2021.

The county council's cabinet will meet on Thursday 10 August to consider the proposals.

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