Bid to ease town centre queues

Central Drive, between New Bonny Street and Reads Avenue, where there are plans to introduce a contra-flow bus lane.

Central Drive, between New Bonny Street and Reads Avenue, where there are plans to introduce a contra-flow bus lane.

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A NEW bus lane is being proposed to ease town centre traffic snarl-ups.

A consultation has been launched on plans to introduce a contra-flow bus lane on Central Drive, between New Bonny Street and Reads Avenue in Blackpool.

It would see the existing carriageway reduced to a single lane for northbound traffic, but would enable buses and taxis to travel south without having to go round the current one-way system via Albert Road, Coronation Street and Reads Avenue.

The changes, funded out of the £1m Better Bus grant, would save three minutes on each bus journey.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: “The reason we secured the Better Bus funding from the Government was so we could enable public transport around town to be much more reliable.

“We want to hear what people’s views are of these plans and how it will affect them.”

As part of the plans, a bus stop for southbound passengers would be put on Central Drive, although a stop would be retained on Coronation Street.

Bob Mason, director of delivery at Blackpool Transport, said: “Any scheme that can improve public transport links and ease congestion to public transport should be supported.

“We will be working closely with the council and other stakeholders to influence further schemes to improve accessibility for buses into the town centre. “

Stephen Brookes, chairman of the Blackpool Passenger Focus Group, said: “While the council notes what seems to be a small win of three minutes by the scheme on Central Drive, that adds up to larger time savings as bus routes progress through town with generally reduced congestion.”

To take part in the consultation write to Head of Transportation, Layton Depot Road, Blackpool, FY3 7HW, or email traffic.management@blackpool.gov.uk

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