David Cameron says the building of the Heysham to M6 link road will be a “game changer” for the county.
Speaking on a visit to Morecambe, the Prime Minister also admitted he had been stuck in traffic coming in from Lancaster.
Mr Cameron visited F Edmondson and Sons transport firm on the White Lund estate and heard from local businessmen who were delighted the road was finally being built.
The PM’s hush-hush visit on Friday afternoon was to formally announce that work will begin on the link road in early January.
He also praised Morecambe MP David Morris, saying: “He has fought long and hard for this to happen.
“It’s going to make for much more reliable journey times, a great lift to local businesspeople and it’s a real game changer for this area.
“Of course I have sympathy for those who have been affected (by having to move homes and businesses) but the overwhelming view is that this is going to be of benefit to Morecambe and is going to mean more jobs.
“I’ve had a very positive message from the local businesspeople I’ve spoken to today. (The principal of) Lancaster and Morecambe College was telling me about how many more apprenticeships and training opportunities it will create. If you look at the expansion that could happen at Heysham Port then you can see how important this is. Transport infrastructure really matters, especially with seaside communities and I’m sure that will be the case in Morecambe.”
Alistair Eagles, managing director of Seatruck Ferries at Heysham Port, said: “The road is fantastic news and all the businesses are delighted to have the Prime Minister come to the area to rubber stamp it.”
Mr Cameron was accompanied by David Morris and Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster. The Heysham to M6 link road was first mooted 65 years ago. The route will travel through parts of Halton and Torrisholme, connecting a redesigned Junction 34 of the M6 to the Heysham bypass near Lancaster and Morecambe College.
It was given the final go-ahead in November after protesters failed in a final legal challenge.