Resort bridge demolished in £11.4m project

From left, Coun Fred Jackson,  Coun John Jones, Coun Graham Cain and Will Britain, head of highways at Blackpool Council, at Princess Road bridge which has been demolished

From left, Coun Fred Jackson, Coun John Jones, Coun Graham Cain and Will Britain, head of highways at Blackpool Council, at Princess Road bridge which has been demolished

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A key bridge which carries traffic into central Blackpool has now been demolished as part of an £11.4m upgrade.

Work to install a replacement bridge to carry Seasiders Way over Princess Street will begin in the new year.

The construction is the first phase of a project to repair 10 bridges across Blackpool over the next four years.

Contractors AE Yates will also improve landscaping in the area.

As well as being in a decrepit state, the previous bridge was also a hotspot for anti-social behaviour, with the dark corridor often complained about by residents.

The new bridge will cover a smaller area of the road below, making Princess Street brighter and safer for residents. Part of Seasiders Way will be closed for around five months with the work due to be completed in time for next Easter.

Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways, said: “A tremendous amount of work has taken place in the three weeks since the contractors began and I am really pleased to see things are going well.

“We are carrying out this work during the winter while the traffic isn’t as heavy, but I’d like to thank drivers for their ongoing patience during the road closure.

“We are expecting to re-open the road in time for Easter and are working with the contractor to make that happen.”

The funding comprises contributions from Blackpool Council, the Department for Transport’s Challenge Fund and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Fund.

Councillors Graham Cain and John Jones, whose Bloomfield constituency includes Princess Street, were also given an update on progress during a visit to the site.

Coun Cain said: “It was really good to see the contractors and ask them the questions local residents are asking me. A huge amount of investment is going in to the Foxhall housing scheme and this will have a beneficial impact on them, as the road is made brighter and safer.

“I am keen to make sure we keep residents informed throughout and we will be inviting them to come and ask questions about the work in the new year.”

Coun Jones added: “This work was much needed and I’m delighted the council has managed to secure the money to carry it out.

“Having to close the bridge permanently is not something we would want, especially after all the investment that is coming in to Bloomfield ward at the moment.”