Delay as tram extension bid is scrutinised

Controversial plans to extend the Blackpool tramway have been put on hold.

Friday, 27th May 2016, 6:00 am
The new tramway extension proposed for Blackpool

The town’s executive committee had been due to agree the next steps towards the construction of a £22m link between the track at North Pier, up Talbot Road to Blackpool North railway station.

But councillors voted to defer a decision so they could examine the proposals in more detail.

They were asked to recommend to full council that an application is made to the Government to authorise the extension.

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It is expected the report will now go before the next meeting of the executive on June 20 which is still in time to agree a recommendation to go before the next full council meeting on June 29.

Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for municipal assets, said: “There were issues we just wanted to be sure about before we move forwardon this . It is just looking at the detail.

“It will be coming back to the next executive and will then go to full council for a decision.”

In April the council agreed to purchase the Wilkinson’s building on Talbot Road to develop a terminal for the proposed tramway extension.

However critics of the scheme, including taxi drivers, have warned the extension will increase congestion on the Promenade. But the council says a traffic light system will ensure road traffic flows smoothly.

The extension will link the tramway with national rail services for the first time.