Key road into Blackpool could close for more upgrades

Repair work along a major route into Blackpool is set to continue.

Saturday, 24th June 2017, 1:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:34 am
Yeadon Way, Blackpool

Yeadon Way, which closed for maintenance in 2014, could be shut again in late 2019 as town hall chiefs look to finish the job.

Blackpool Council is planning to bid for up to £3.5m to carry out ‘essential’ work along another stretch of the road.

A report reveals plans o apply for Government funding, from the new National Productivity Investment Fund.

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It states: “It is essential to future investment in the resort, especially development of the Central Station site.”

Jeremy Walker, transport policy manager at Blackpool Council, told the Transport for Lancashire committee: “Yeadon Way is the only direct link from the end of the M55 to the resort coach parks. This link is essential for the local economy to function.

“There are issues with the materials used and the geology. Settlement is an issue and there are signs of distress with the road. The key issue is to prevent an unplanned closure of this road.”

He added it was also essential to upgrade the route to ensure future economic and job opportunities.

The aim is to make vital repairs to a section neighbouring one repaired in 2014 following a successful bid to the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch-Point Fund. Those previous repairs to a 645 metre stretch of road cost £3.6m. The council anticipates the new scheme for a 600 metre section will cost between £2m and £5m and it will seek a contribution of between £1.4m and £3.5m.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced the £690m inter council competition for cash in the spring - councils must enter schemes by June 30 which are aimed at tackling congestion and getting transport networks moving again.

If their bid is successful the project would have to be completed in two years.

Coun Gillian Campbell, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council, said: “The road is fine to drive over at the moment but it will need important repairs doing in the coming years. This bid will allow us to secure the majority of the funding now, which can then be spent on the repairs towards the end of 2019.

“We’re extremely conscious that there will be a lot of road projects taking place over the next two years which could cause disruption, and are looking to carry out this work once the bulk of that has been completed and the roads freed up.

“It is vital that we stay on top of keeping our highways in good condition.”

Meanwhile Lancashire County Council is also submitting two bids for funding and is asking for a contribution of £4.3 to 5m towards the hoped for £21m new road which is intended to link the M55 directly with St Annes. A report to the committee noted: “There is currently no direct, modern standard road link between the M55 motorway and St Annes.”

It points out that significant employment and housing growth is planned for the vicinity.