Prom works ‘on schedule’

Traffic congestion due to roadworks on the Promenade.

Traffic congestion due to roadworks on the Promenade.

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THE wintry weather will not delay the reopening of the Promenade ahead of the crucial Easter period, transport chiefs have vowed.

Councillors have said that the roadworks will be completed on time and the Prom be reopened ready for when the first tourists are due to pour into the resort on Good Friday.

The snow and ice which has blasted Britain had caused fears that the vital repairs could be delayed as low temperatures can prevent the surfacing material setting.

The Prom has been closed to all traffic from Talbot Road to New Bonny Street for 10 days to allow a zebra crossing to be removed and the carriageway repaired.

But councillor Fred Jackson, cabinet member for streets and transport, said the cold had not stopped the team working on the Prom and the road should be open on time.

He said: “We are confident the works will be finished on time.

“This is a project that we do not take lightly and, working in consultation with our highways team, our contractors have been working extremely hard, in very difficult conditions, to ensure the works run to schedule.

“At times there have been as many as 40 people working, sometimes until 9pm in the evening and over the weekend, to ensure the Promenade is back open for Friday. Again, I thank people for their patience.”

Mandy Tythe-McCallum, Tourism Manager at Marketing Blackpool, said: “The arrival of Easter is always an exciting time in Blackpool because it heralds the start of a new season and all our hotels, guest houses and attractions are open and ready to welcome holidaymakers into the resort.

“Thankfully Blackpool seems to have escaped the horrendous weather conditions and we hope to see many visitors in the resort this weekend and for the season ahead.”

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