‘Bus nuisance is costing us trade’

Residents of Station Road, Blackpool, who are angry at the continued closure of the Lytham Road bridge.

Residents of Station Road, Blackpool, who are angry at the continued closure of the Lytham Road bridge.

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HOLIDAY accommodation owners claim a partially closed railway bridge is costing them trade – because potential guests are put off by the 40 buses an hour driving past their properties.

Buses and coaches have been diverted through Station Road, Bond Street and Watson Road, South Shore, since the Lytham Road railway bridge was closed to heavy traffic two years ago for safety reasons.

Business owners in Station Road are calling for the bridge to be repaired urgently so it can re-open to buses.

Denise Harrison, who runs the Dalemoor Holiday Flats, with her husband Kevin, said: “We are fed up of the noise and the fumes.

“Our guests no longer want to sit in our front gardens because there is always a bus going past. It’s not right in a holiday area.”

Blackpool Transport’s number 5 goes past 12 times an hour, number 11 eight times an hour and number 16 four times an hour.

Stagecoach number 68 has also been diverted, as well as holiday coaches during the peak summer season.

David Platt, who runs the Red Rose Holiday flats with his wife Jean, said: “We have had cancellations from people who said they won’t come this year because of the number of buses going past.”

Chris Aiken Graham, from the Queen Victoria Hotel, said: “Guests complain about the buses as they don’t sleep well.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said: “A feasibility study, which is being carried out jointly with Network Rail who share responsibility for the bridge, is underway to assess the works needed.

“Initial reports suggest a significant amount of work will need to be done and, as a result, we have applied to the Department of Transport for funding. We will continue to update local residents.”

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