Shut bridge is hitting business at social club

Barrie Street, secretary of the Hampton Road Social Club which also has a caravan park.
Barrie Street, secretary of the Hampton Road Social Club which also has a caravan park.
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Delays to the re-opening of a key bridge are hitting trade at a Blackpool social club, it is claimed.

Bosses at the Hampton Road Social Club and caravan park in South Shore say the closure of Lytham Road bridge for repairs has lost them custom.

Club secretary Barrie Field said: “We are just south of the bridge, so the people we usually get from the hotels off Lytham Road to the north are put off coming to us because the bridge is closed.

“Also, many of our caravans come down Yeadon Way and then turn back along Lytham Road, and they are finding it very difficult to reach the site.

“Directional signs are poor and our business has suffered as a consequence of this disruption.”

The bridge was closed on March 10 to allow work to resurface and strengthen the structure to be carried out by Network Rail contractors and was due to re-open in time for the Easter weekend.

But in April, Blackpool Council revealed further strengthening work was needed, delaying the re-opening which is now expected at the end of this month.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It is priority work that has been needed for some time now.

“Unfortunately old tram tracks were discovered which had to be removed as well as additional works once contractors were on site and I’m afraid closure is unavoidable to ensure the bridge opens again to all traffic.

“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience and hope people will understand this is vital work that has to be carried out for the long term future of the bridge, which would have otherwise had to close permanently if these works had not been arranged.

“We will respond directly to Mr Field’s letter and as always I’m happy to talk to any businesses directly.”