Two-way road leaves traders in a real spin

Plans to create a contraflow on Central Drive are being consulted on. BELOW: Bob Mason at Blackpool Transport.

Plans to create a contraflow on Central Drive are being consulted on. BELOW: Bob Mason at Blackpool Transport.

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Plans to make Central Drive a two-way street for buses are gaining support, Blackpool Council says.

But business owners and residents in the area are angry that the changes, believed to cost £300,000, will result in a downgraded service to Coronation Street.

Bob Mason at Blackpool Transport.

Bob Mason at Blackpool Transport.

Blackpool Council is currently consulting on the Central Drive Contraflow, which will be funded using money the £1m Better Bus grant, secured from the government last year.

If approved, work will begin on the contraflow in November, after the Illuminations season.

Speaking at the Central Holiday Area PACT meeting, chairman Charlie Docherty said: “This is going to impact people on Coronation Street who are losing four bus routes. Anyone against these plans should write to the council with their objections.”

Blackpool Transport will be retaining Line 10 on Coronation Street.

Director of delivery Bob Mason said: “This is part of a bigger scheme for the town involving automatic number plate recognition at major junctions and giving buses priority at traffic lights.
“It will improve bus punctuality and reliability.”

Plans have ‘good degree’ of support

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “Detailed plans for the reconfigured junctions at Bank Hey Street and Central Drive, and Chapel Street and Reads Avenue which are the main focus of the scheme have now been prepared.

Traffic computer simulation modelling demonstrates these designs work well, maintaining traffic flows and our consultation has revealed a good degree of support behind the proposal.

“Blackpool Transport Services has agreed to retain the Line 10 on (Coronation Street).”

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