It seems to have been a long time coming but the main works for the short extension of the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to Blackpool North railway station will start next month, it has been confirmed. So far general utility works have been taking place in the vicinity but April will see the main phase of construction which will eventually see trams running up Talbot Road one again, with an expected opening date of Easter 2019.
Rather than the whole section of the route being closed at one time the work will be split into small areas to try and minimise the obvious disruption that works of this scale cause.
Meanwhile Blackpool Council will be meeting at the start of next week to approve full release of funding to ensure the extension and terminus is built. Most of the funding for the line will come from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership who will be providing £16.4 million over the next three years with the balance of the £23.4 million to come from Blackpool Council. Councillors are to be asked to approve the release of £6.4 million towards the extension with a further £600,000 coming from the Council’s local transport plan.
In addition to the subject of funding Councillors will also be asked to approve the full implementation of the extension which should hopefully be a tick box exercise considering how far down the line we have now come.