Key route re-opening to traffic

Work to upgrade Yeadon Way (Nov 2014)
Work to upgrade Yeadon Way (Nov 2014)
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A key route into Blackpool will reopen to traffic tomorrow after being shut since November for a £3.6m upgrade.

Barriers will be removed at lunchtime to enable drivers to use Yeadon Way.

Contractors Galliford Try have stabilised the road, resurfaced it in parts, secured the embankments and improved land drainage as part of the project to secure the 3km route for at least the next 25 years.

Other improvements include landscaping to improve the look of the road as it is the first impression for visitors arriving from the M55, as well as the introduction of a hard shoulder.

Highways chiefs had warned that without the work the road was in danger of collapsing.

Originally it had been proposed to close Yeadon Way from September but the start of work was delayed until the end of the Illuminations on November 10 after an outcry from hoteliers.

John Blackledge, Blackpool Council’s director of community and environmental services, said: “Yeadon Way is arguably one of Blackpool’s most important roads and if we hadn’t done this work then it could have had to close forever.

“Thankfully, we’ve managed to get the work completed before the tourist season begins again.

“Along with Galliford Try, we have been working flat out to make sure all the work was done in time to re-open the road before Easter.

“I’d like to thank everybody for their patience while the work was taking place.

“Many people have understood the reason why the work needed to be completed and hopefully they will benefit from the improved road in the long term.”

Coun John Jones, cabinet member for highways on Blackpool Council, said: “Yeadon Way is important for residents needing to get about the town, and important economically, so I’m delighted the work has been completed in such a short time and on time.

“I have been down on a number of occasions to see the work in progress and the contractors and the council’s highways team have done a really good job.”

Coun Tony Williams, leader of the Conservatives on Blackpool Council, said the closure of Yeadon Way had impacted on businesses.

He said: “It has had a terrible effect on the town’s economy and I’m delighted it is finally reopening, especially considering there have also been delays at the motorway junction with the A585 due to work being carried out there.”

The road, which opened in 1986, carries seven million cars a year and was built on a former railway embankment.