BATTLE lines have been drawn up in a plan to fight for passengers after a £5m bid to revolutionise travel on the Fylde coast was turned down.
The scheme to change the way people in Blackpool use public transport had been the subject of a Government cash bid.
It included an Oyster Card-style transport pass which people could use on trams and buses across the Fylde coast, extending the council’s hire-a-bike scheme into Fylde and Wyre and improving tram and bus links.
And in a further blow – the week after the town hall unveiled new multi-million pound trams which will take pride of place on Blackpool’s famous tracks – it has been revealed the council has had its Government funding for local transport slashed by half.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport on Blackpool Council, said: “This was a big disappointment, as the bid we put forward, we thought, was a very good, broad-ranging sustainable plan in many ways. But sometimes a disappointment spurs you on and you do even better.
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