Go-ahead for tram shelters proposal

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport along side one of the undated bus shelters
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport along side one of the undated bus shelters
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A £1M investment in bus and tram shelters across Blackpool has got the green light.

Blackpool Council’s executive has agreed to the scheme which will be funded through borrowing, with repayment costs met from advertising revenue.

Chief executive Steve Weaver stressed the investment in the shelters was not at the expense of other services.

He said: “This money couldn’t be spent on anything else because it is generated by advertising from the shelters.

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“It is not at the expense of any other services and if anything, it will save Blackpool council taxpayers’ money.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: “This is something very important as part of the forward outlook for transport in the town.”

All the town’s 232 shelters, some of which are currently owned by Blackpool Transport, will transfer into the ownership of the council.

Some will be replaced, while others will be refurbished. Without investment, it had been feared many would have to be removed.