TRANSPORT bosses are hoping to avoid chaos when a major route is closed during the first week of the Illuminations’ season.
Lancashire County Council workers are set to close Norcross Lane today for three weeks – one third of the Illuminations’ 66-night run – while it undergoes extensive resurfacing.
The road is part of the signposted exit route from the Promenade.
Traffic leaving the northern end of the Illuminations is normally guided along Warren Drive, Norcross Lane and the A585 towards the M55. While one sign still directs traffic towards the set-to-be-closed road, highways chiefs say the matter has been considered.
Sim Lane-Dixon, highways manager for Wyre, said: “We’re aware of this issue and have discussed it with Blackpool Council who have agreed to sign an alternative route for Illuminations traffic which avoids Norcross Lane.
“The closure on Norcross Lane is needed as we’re carrying out resurfacing which, in places, will involve digging to quite a depth to fully reconstruct every layer of the road.
“The good news for local people is that this will result in a high quality surface which should last for many years.”
Cars will instead be directed from Warren Drive along residential Sevenoaks Drive to the A585 instead.
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Gary Pretty, of the Bispham Traders Association and also chairman of the Combined Association, said it was “ludicrous” the work clashed with the Illuminations.
He said: “Most people turn off at Redbank Road and they would be better off pointing people down there.
“But it’s ludicrous if it’s an Illuminations exit and it’s been the same for years and years.
“There is no forward planning and they need to have a quick rethink and reschedule this work for November.
“There is also a car boot sale every Saturday and Sunday on Norcross Lane and that usually ends at the end of October, so postponing this work would be better for them too.”