Traders in fear of trams work

Rick Prothero at Cleveleys, by the tramworks near his shop Fredericks
Rick Prothero at Cleveleys, by the tramworks near his shop Fredericks
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BUSINESSES in Cleveleys fear further financial losses as another major junction closes.

BUSINESSES in Cleveleys fear further financial losses as another major junction closes.

Victoria Square will close today as tramway upgrade works continue in the area.

But traders fear the on going roadworks will drive customers away losing them thousands of pounds.

Martin Hunns, chairman of Cleveleys Chamber of Commerce told The Gazette local businesses were “scared”.

He said: “Yes, we want the new trams and we want the area to look nice but we have to carry on in between.

“We are facing really difficult times at the moment without all this upheaval and shop owners are really worried that business will get even quieter.”

John Prothero, who runs Fredericks Cleveleys with his son Rick, told customers not to be put off by the roadworks as disruption to visitors was minimal.

He said: “When the tramway’s finished in the centre of Cleveleys it will look superb, it’s exactly what we need.

“But like any operation until the wounds are healed there will be a bit of pain but Cleveleys is open for usual business.”

Chris Anslow, Lancashire council public transport development manager, added: “Any project as large and complex as the tramway upgrade will cause some disruption as it can only be carried out safely by closing roads, but we’re doing everything we can to maintain access to businesses and keep them informed of progress.”

The east to west access to Victoria Square will be closed from Saturday until the end of April.