Council to unveil roads masterplan

Talbot Road, Blackpool
Talbot Road, Blackpool
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Blackpool is set to get £15.5m of road repairs and improvements as part of a three-year masterplan unveiled today.

The scheme has yet to be rubber stamped, but work proposed will include repairing major bridges including Plymouth Road, Princess Street and Squires Gate Lane.

It will also include general maintenance, road safety schemes, cutting jams and improving transport routes, plus changes to some traffic lights.

The three-year Local Transport Plan programme has been submitted to the Executive Committee, which will meet on Monday, March 9.

The money will come from both the Department for Transport’s annual allocation and money allocated by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership.

Maintaining the town’s roads, footways and bridges, along with reducing congestion, is at the top of the agenda.

Other measures include reducing the number of people injured on Blackpool’s roads, improving transport routes throughout the town and improving accessibility to local amenities.

Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport Coun John Jones today said it would benefit the town for “years to come”.

The proposal sets out funding to repair some of Blackpool’s key main roads along what is known as the Strategic Road Network.

Changes to roads and traffic lights are expected to reduce the levels of congestion around the town, while public realm improvements on routes into the town centre will also help to support the areas around Talbot Road, Dickson Road, Church Street and Central Drive.

Coun John Jones said much improvement work had been done in recent years, including the Project 30 scheme, which repaired 40 miles’ worth of roads and footways, the ongoing repairs to Yeadon Way and the Highways Consultative Forum which gauges opinions to inform our decisions in the future.

He said: “We cannot stand still, however. The new Local Transport Plan programme maps out the council’s transport priorities for the next three years and the areas that we think are especially important to invest in.

“This programme will help the town prosper for years to come. Not only will it help residents travelling from A to B but we expect that it will provide economic and environmental benefits which 
everybody in the town will benefit from.

“I know congestion is a concern for some people and this sets out some ways such as optimising our traffic lights and making small changes to key roads that will make it easier for people to travel around.”