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Old tracks are tram reminder

Old tram tracks have been uncovered during work to repair Lytham Road Bridge in South Shore, Blackpool.

Old tram tracks have been uncovered during work to repair Lytham Road Bridge in South Shore, Blackpool.

Workmen repairing a Blackpool bridge have uncovered a reminder of transport past.

Tram tracks have been revealed on the Lytham Road Bridge in South Shore which is currently closed while upgrade work goes ahead.

The discovery, below the surface of the road, is set to delay the reopening of the bridge by a few days.

Coun John Jones, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “While preparing for works on Lytham Road bridge, the team has discovered old tram tracks below the surface of the road.

“As a result the work has been delayed by a few days.

“However, we remain on schedule to have the road re-opened in time for the Easter holidays.

“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience while this vital work is underway.”

The road was due to re-open to traffic on April 11 but due to the discovery of the tram lines it will not re-open before April 17.

Trams first began running along Lytham Road in 1895 when the line was added from Manchester Square to South Shore.

It was extended to South Pier with a line on Station Road connecting Lytham Road to the Promenade in 1897.

But the last trams trundled along Lytham Road in 1961 when the line was closed.

Work began on March 10 on an £875,000 project to strengthen and resurface the bridge which had to be closed to buses in early 2011 after fears were raised about its safety, although it reopened to them in October last year.

The scheme is being carried out and funded jointly by Blackpool Council and Network Rail.

 

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