Despite a delay a few weeks ago Blackpool Council’s executive have now approved plans for the extension of the tramway to North Station. The executive met this week and agreed to proceed with the plans which will now move forward to full council who will also have to agree before an application is submitted to the government for a Transport and Works Act Order.
As we have reported extensively before this extension will leave the current Promenade route at North Pier running through Talbot Square and then up Talbot Road to Blackpool North where a new terminus and transport interchange will be constructed. A new stop will also be constructed in Talbot Square. It is expected that trams will run every 10 minutes to North Station with alternate departures for Bispham and Pleasure Beach, this would necessitate a further two trams to be ordered to maintain present frequencies on the remainder of the route. This is the current plan but things do have a habit of changing before the actual line is ready for passengers.
The full council will now meet to discuss the plans next week. If they agree that the plan is a goer a Transport and Works Act Order will be submitted to the Department for Transport. It is then anyones guess as to how long it will take a for a final decision to be made, especially as the government may have a few other things on their plate in the coming weeks, months and years now.