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Old tram tracks uncovered during resurfacing work in Talbot Square

Old tram tracks uncovered during resurfacing work in Talbot Square

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ROADWORKS have revealed a glimpse into Blackpool’s transport past – which current town hall chiefs hope to resurrect.

Tram enthusiast David Evans noticed these old tracks had been unearthed during resurfacing work in Talbot Square.

They hark back to when the line extended inland.

Following the £100m investment in the new tramway, Blackpool Council is hoping to bid for cash to extend the line inland once more in future years.

It is hoped to link North Station with the existing track at Talbot Square, and a junction has been installed to ensure this is possible.

Mr Evans, who also works as a heritage guide for the council, said: “At one time, these tracks were to be extended to Layton, then named Bispham Station, but this extension sadly never materialised.

“This route was the first major one to close, in 1936, with the actual North Station route along Dickson Road from The Gynn, shutting in October 1963.

“A new link to a transport interchange at North Station would be ideal and I would also like to see the line extended south, linking to Lytham and even Preston eventually.

“I think the new trams are great but they would really come into their own if we had proper urban links.”

A bid for funding for the next multi-million pound phase of Blackpool’s new tramway could be submitted in as little as three years’ time.

Transport chiefs have launched the process of building a business case for an extension of the track which could see another £15m worth of investment.

Transport Minister Norman Baker gave his backing to such a move when he visited Blackpool to officially launch the new tramway earlier this month.