Blackpool Council’s executive committee have delayed their approval for the North Station tramway extension so they can examine the proposals in more detail. It had been expected that the committee would be recommending to the full council that a formal application is submitted to the Department for Transport but at their most recent meeting they instead decided to give themselves some more thinking time.
The £22 million scheme to extend the Blackpool Tramway up Talbot Road to North Station is due to open in 2019 with construction starting the year before and would see a more integrated transport network allowing passengers to easily get to and from the national rail network on the tramway. However there has been some controversy in Blackpool with some – including taxi drivers – saying that the line would add to congestion on the Promenade (we seem to be heading back to the 1950s/60s here with claims that trams add to congestion rather than helping to stop it). You would even think that taxi drivers possibly have an ulterior motive for not wanting trams to run to the station wouldn’t you?!
Cllr Fred Jackson, cabinet member for municipal assets, said: “here were issues we just wanted to be sure about before we move forward on this. It is just looking at the detail. It will be coming back to the next executive and will then go to full council for a decision.”
It is now expected that the executive committee will make a decision at their next meeting on 20th June with this then passed on to the main Council meeting on 29th June.