BLACKPOOL still has ambitions of extending the tram track up Talbot Road – as this picture shows.
Workmen are currently laying track opposite North Pier as part of the £100m renewal of the tramway between Fleetwood and Starr Gate.
It has always been hoped additional cash could eventually be secured to extend the track to a new transport interchange which is proposed near North Station as part of the £250m Talbot Gateway scheme.
Blackpool Council leader Coun Peter Callow said; “We have put a junction in there so that if and when we get the money to further extend the tramway, we will be able to run the track up Talbot Road which is wide enough to take it.
“It was felt while this section was being done, they might as well put this in because things aren’t always going to be bad financially and we want to be prepared.”
Peter Dockerty, of Pleasant Street, Blackpool, was the eagle-eyed resident who spotted the new junction.
He said: “My guess is the Talbot Square tram junctions will not be used until funding is found for the Talbot Gateway scheme, but it saves having to dig up the Promenade tramway again when the Talbot Road tramway gets the go-ahead.
“Still, it will be possible to get a tram from Blackpool North Station to Fleetwood in a few years time.”
Work is currently under way at factories in Germany and Austria to build Blackpool’s new fleet of 16 trams with the first new tram due to be delivered to the resort in June for testing.
The final tram is due to be delivered in February next year in time for the new service to begin at Easter 2012.
The fleet will be housed in a £20m tram depot which has been built at Starr Gate, while a heritage tram service will be retained as part of the tourism offer.