Blackpool Council have confirmed that a new tramstop will be built at Norbreck North following an extensive campaign by local residents following the removal of a stop at this location as part of the upgrade of the tramway. Local residents and councillors had claimed that the removal of this stop caused them great inconvenience as there was a 1km gap between stops at Norbreck and Little Bispham.
Initially Blackpool Council had said they had no plans to reinstate the stop but would review it at a later date and it appears that the review has now taken place. The new stop is due to be constructed over the winter and is due to be in place by Easter 2016.
The major campaign to reinstate the stop has been led by local ward councillors, Maxine and Peter Callow, who had given £25,000 from their budget to campaign and they are now delighted they have been victorious. Speaking in the Blackpool Gazette, Cllr Maxine Callow, said: “We are absolutely delighted with this good news. We have been told the stop will be reinstated before Easter next year. The people in the area, along with councillors, have been lobbying for over four years for the reinstatement of this tram stop, and it will mean a lot to the people living round there. There are a lot of elderly people and people with young children who have had to walk a long way to get a tram. When the weather is bad or they have shopping, it has been very inconvenient.”
Further details – such as the cost (which will not only include the physical cost of building the stop but also having to reprint all maps etc.) and location of the new stop – will in all probability be released in due course but for now it can be confirmed that Norbreck North will once again be the map for the Blackpool Tramway.