Passengers furious as station shuts – days after supertram launch

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THE supertram launch has fallen flat for residents who have found their nearest station shut.

The stop at Lindel Road in Fleetwood is out of action because it has been constructed without a proper access to the southbound platform.

When the service opened with a fanfare on Wednesday locals were only able to get on a southbound tram at Lindel Road by striding across the tracks.

The station has since been closed temporarily.

It is one of four stations on the tram route still to be opened as work on them is finished.

The others are Stanley Road in Fleetwood and West Drive and Anchorsholme Lane in Cleveleys.

Among the disappointed travellers is George Morris of Radcliffe Road who is disabled and lives almost directly opposite the stop at Lindel Road.

He said: “This is terrible. I thought it was great because we would be able to use this stop so close.

“But there’s no way to get across to the other side of the tracks.”

His wife Maureen Morris explained that they had managed to get on a tram on Wednesday by struggling across the track.

She said: “We managed to get across but it was very tricky.

“George can’t walk very well and it was difficult.

“I saw one woman almost fall.

“There was a woman with a wheelchair on that platform but I don’t know how on earth she got there.

“We like the trams, they are wonderful. But this needs sorting out quickly.”

A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “There is still some work that needs to completed at various points on the route.

“It won’t stop the full tram service running but it does mean some of the stops may have to close from time to time.

“We are carrying out work at four tram stops at the moment and will re-open them as soon as possible.

“Signs are in place to notify passengers of the closure and we apologise for any inconvenience.”