Hope in fight to save tram stop

Residents keep an eye out for Blackpool's new tram service at Norbreck North.
Residents keep an eye out for Blackpool's new tram service at Norbreck North.
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A TRAM stop could be reinstated following a campaign by residents.

Blackpool Council has agreed to reverse a decision to axe the Norbreck North stop – providing the funding is available.

Blackpool's new supertram

Blackpool's new supertram

Residents had protested against the loss of the stop which would leave a gap of more than half a mile between boarding points.

Norbreck councillors Peter and Maxine Callow have offered to allocate £20,000 from their ward budget towards the £180,000 cost of reinstating the stop, which must meet disability access requirements.

John Donnellon, service director for the built environment at the council, said: “It has been agreed to review the budgets once we have reached financial closure on the current contracts.

“At that point if there are sufficient funds available then we would proceed with the tram stop, taking into account the offer of £20,000 of ward funding.”

And Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, added: “Norbreck North should be reinstated and the council will endeavour to find the finances to do just that.”

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Coun Peter Callow said he was hopeful the cash could be found.

He added: “I’m sure Blackpool residents will have had their faith restored in local democracy.

“In a contract of £100m there should be sufficient financial leeway for the council to put the tram stop back with the associated platforms.”

Residents have also welcomed the move.

June Ross, of Elmbank Avenue, said: “It does sound promising.

“Residents are very passionate about this issue and really want to see something done. We’re pleased the council has been so receptive.

“If they can find the rest of the funding that would be super.”

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