The government has today announced £2.5m in funding to repair one of the main roads into Blackpool.
The Department for Transport has unveiled plans to invest £49m in the country’s road and rail networks, including making “essential repairs” to Yeadon Way.
Blackpool Council applied to the government’s Local Pinch Point Fund to help improve the route, saying it was in a state of “managed decline” that was becoming unsustainable.
The money will secure the road’s future for another 25 years and town hall bosses say the investment will be a boost to the local economy.
Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is really important money that will help towards preserving Yeadon Way for the next 25 years.
“Although the money has only just been approved, we have already been drawing up plans for the road and expect to begin work next year.
“Yeadon Way is absolutely vital to visitors and commuters travelling in to the town, and as a result has a huge impact on our local economy.
“This work will be extremely important but I am keen to make sure that any disruption is kept to a minimum and the vast majority of works are done out of the main visitor season.”
MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys Paul Maynard said: “After much lobbying and cajoling by myself and many others, I am pleased to see that the Department for Transport has recognised the importance of Yeadon Way to Blackpool’s residents and the town’s economic development.
“I am sure residents will note with alarm the policy of ‘managed decline’ in terms of the maintenance regime, given what a critical access road for the town it is, but will be reassured that the government is providing the necessary £2.5m to enable the road to remain open.”
Work on the road, which links the M55 to Seasiders Way, in South Shore, will mean resort transport bosses can lift the heavy goods vehicle restriction on the road.
In its application to the DfT, the council wrote: “This will provide capacity for heavier vehicles required for the Leisure Quarters site’s impending redevelopment.”
The development, at the former Central Station site, is seen as key to the resort’s regeneration and planned as a major tourist attraction.
The application added: “Further deterioration would mean that coaches would have to be banned which would have a major negative impact as 20 per cent of all visitors to Blackpool arrive by coach.”