‘Put back stop so we can ride too’

Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.
Picture Martin Bostock'Norbreck residents who are calling for their tram stop to be retained as part of the new tram service.' Its future is under review and it could be removed because there will be less stops on the new service in order to increase journey times.
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LET us get on board too!

That is the cry from residents who are still battling to get their tram stop back.

Blackpool Transport this week revealed more than 1.4 million passengers had used the new Flexity tram service since it was launched at the beginning of April this year.

The figures have surpassed expectation by around 20 per cent.

But residents are angry the Norbreck North stop has not been reinstated after it was removed as part of the track upgrade, leaving a 1km gap between boarding points.

Ken Gumley, of Kirkstone Drive, said; “There are 350 houses on our estate, and we are residents and council tax-payers and we should have a stop here.

“It is good to see the new trams doing well, but we cannot use them.”

Glen Jackson, of Queens Promenade, said: “It is galling to see the trams go whizzing by and not be able to use them.”

Shirley Earnden, also of Kirkstone Drive, said: “Why is the council dragging its feet on this?

“We are being deprived of the chance of travelling on the trams.”

Norbreck ward councillor Peter Callow said seeing how successful the service had been was “rubbing salt into the wounds of residents.”

Blackpool Council says it wants to see the stop reinstated but must wait for the tram upgrade contract to be signed off to see how much funding is available.