It has been announced that the Heyhouses Link Road which will connect Lytham St. Anne’s to the M55 is on course to be completed by the end of next year, 2023.
It had previously been estimated that the £27m project would be finished by early 2024. However, a meeting of Lancashire County Council’s cabinet has heard that the core element of the scheme is now expected to be completed before the end of 2023 – and has consequently approved the procurement process for finding a contractor to carry out the surfacing of the road, work which it is thought will cost in the region of £1.8m. This contract for the surfacing work will run from October this year for 12 months and will have an additional £200,000 contingency built into it. The successful bidder will first have to clear hurdles including proving their technical capability, relevant experience and financial standing. Companies which pass those initial tests will then be judged as part of an assessment process which will be weighted 20 percent towards quality criteria and 80 percent towards financial matters.
Highways and transport cabinet member Charlie Edwards said that pre-commencement utilities works had now largely been finished. ‘The project is coming along well and we anticipate the basic link road is to be completed by the end of 2023. I’d like to thank the teams on the ground who, at times, have been operating in challenging circumstances – and also…the good people of St. Anne’s for their continued patience throughout this project.’
Meanwhile, Wild Lane will be retained as a route for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders alongside the northern section of the link road (see map below).