£20,000 lifeline for tram protest

Coun Fred Jackson
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CAMPAIGNERS have made a £20,000 pledge towards retaining an under-threat tram stop.

Norbreck ward councillors Peter and Maxine Callow say they will put their ward budget towards saving the Norbreck North stop.

Residents are angry the stop is earmarked to be axed as part of the £100m upgrade of the tramway in order to reduce journey times when the new service starts this Easter.

But the move will leave a 1km gap between boarding points.

Coun Peter Callow said; “We feel that within the £100m overall cost of the scheme, it should be possible to fund the Norbreck North stop.

“And Maxine and I have decided this is such an important issue for our residents that we are prepared to put £20,000 from our ward budget towards it.

“We are not arguing with the council, we want to work with them, and this is a measure of our good intent.

“There are many elderly and disabled residents living in the area and without this stop, it will be too long a distance for them to walk.

“We want to do our best for the people who are in this predicament.”

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member with responsibility for the tramway, said the council was still considering what to do with the tram stop, which would cost around £180,000.

He said: “We are still trying to find a way of finding the funding to carry out the work.

“The stops have to have a long raised platform in order to comply with disability regulations so they cost about £180,000 each.

“If councillors Peter and Maxine Callow are willing to put £20,000 in from their ward budget, that could help the situation.”

A stop at Norkeed Road has also been removed, meaning there will be no stopping places between Norbreck Castle and Bispham South if North Norbreck is not retained.