Thursday 19 September 2013

Trams to North Station

In a few years time trams could be using these points to head for North Station up a new Talbot Rd tramway extension

Under a new package of road and rail improvements just announced by Transport for Lancashire, £16.4m has been allocated towards the estimated £18.2m total cost of improving access to the national rail network from Blackpool, Fleetwood and Cleveleys, by extending the tramway from the Promenade at North Pier to Blackpool North railway station. Transport for Lancashire have unveiled six schemes which will be funded by a devolved budget from the Department of Transport, the City Deal for the Preston area, and developer contributions. Blackpool Council now have to find the remaining £1.8m needed in order for the new tramway extension to be fully funded, work on the scheme could begin by 2015. Transport for Lancashire is a new body that has been created by Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

In a couple of years Talbot Road could be dug up again (after these 2013 roadworks) for the new tramway extension

A section of the original Talbot Road tramway track, recovered from the junction with Dickson Road earlier this year

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