asked Her Majesty's Government:
What is the latest estimate of the cost of the Heysham M6 link road; and when they expect to make a decision on approval for programme entry of the scheme following Lancashire council’s business case submitted in July 2005. [HL4561]
Lancashire county council has informed the Department for Transport that the latest estimated outturn total cost for the Heysham to M6 link scheme is £140 million. We will not be in a position to make a decision on whether to grant the scheme programme entry until the forthcoming public inquiry into the planning application has reached a conclusion, the North West region has confirmed that it continues to support the scheme at the higher cost, and our assessment and appraisal of Lancashire’s major scheme business case has been completed.