A PUB landlord said a bridge closure had wrecked his business after it finally re–opened after three months.
Network Rail is preparing the line through Kirkham to Blackpool for electrification and closed Carr Lane, the main route into Treales, in mid-September.
This week the road re–opened to users, but its closure caused much anger in the area, with loss of business at the popular Derby Arms pub, as well as nearby New Hey Lane being used by motorists as a rat–run to avoid a lengthy diversion route.
Harry Challinor, Derby Arms landlord, said: “It’s good news but it has had a devastating effect on my business. People think I have been compensated by Network Rail for the closure, but I haven’t and there is no way that I’ll get that lost revenue back.”
Network Rail hopes to complete the electrification ahead of May 2016.
The rail firm needs to reconstruct six road bridges, five footbridges, lower three sections of track and remove one bridge, which will provide the required clearance to install the overhead line equipment.
Fylde Mayor Coun Heather Speak was delighted at the new–look bridge.
She added: “It’s been closed for three months and it has been hard. It’s fantastic to have the road open again.”
Network Rail was unavailable for comment.