£110,000 added to Norbreck North tram stop estimate

Last week's Norbreck tram stop announcement delighted campaigners

Last week's Norbreck tram stop announcement delighted campaigners

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Bringing the Norbreck North tram stop back into use will cost an estimated £290,000, it has been revealed.

The Gazette reported last week how residents and councillors emerged victorious from their lengthy battle to get the stop, read the article here, which was removed in 2012, re-instated.

The work is funded from savings from the tramway upgrade project budget

Now, despite the cost being estimated at around £180,000 three years ago, the council said it will actually cost almost £300,000.

The cash is coming from savings in the £100m tramways budget, the majority of which came from the Government.

Coun Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “The restoration of the Norbreck North tram stop will cost around £290,000 although we hope this may be able to be reduced depending on efficiencies within the construction process.

“The work is funded from savings from the tramway upgrade project budget.

“This means it comes at no additional cost to the taxpayer.”

The work includes the new platforms and railings, lighting and shelters, the installation of a new pedestrian crossing and associated works.

They include updating the GPS software used by trams so they recognise the new stop, changing on-board announcements and destination displays, and wiring up a power supply. The work is due to be finished next April.

The fight to get the stop re-instated began when the new tramway opened in 2012, which led to the stop’s closure and a 1km gap between boarding points.

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