Ten days to go before Prom opens

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TRAFFIC misery looks set to finally come to an end this month as part of the Promenade re-opens to vehicles.

The road is due to re-open on Friday June 17 on schedule following work on the £15.5m Tower Festival headland.

Promenade roadworks progress at Blackpool.

Promenade roadworks progress at Blackpool.

However there could be delays to the completion of the stretch between North Pier and Cocker Square where the tram track is being separated from the carriageway.

But the new carriageway in front of the Tower – where the road has been narrowed from two lanes to one lane in both directions – is set to open on time.

Sooner

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport on Blackpool Council, said: “We know everyone wants to see the Promenade re-opened as quickly as possible.

Promenade roadworks progress at Blackpool.

Promenade roadworks progress at Blackpool.

“At the moment work is on schedule and the road will re-open on Friday June 17 as planned.

“It we can make that happen any sooner we will do.”

Drivers have faced disruption since last November when the Promenade shut to southbound traffic between Talbot Square and New Bonny Street.

“It has been closed to all traffic since February to allow work to be carried out including the laying of the Comedy Carpet, building of the sea defences and construction of the new wedding chapel.

The new headland is not due to be fully completed until the autumn.

The tramway has also been upgraded, and trams have been running again since Easter.

Taxi drivers have welcomed the re-opening of the road but called for taxi ranks lost due to the road changes, to be reinstated.

They have been especially hit by the diversions which added to the cost of journeys across town

Bill Lewtas, secretary of the Blackpool Licensed Taxi Association, said: “We are pleased the Promenade will re-open soon.

“But there is still work to be done in providing taxi ranks to replace those we have lost. The tramway development caused a number of important ranks to close and we are anxious for these to be replaced.”