Roads to be closed around Blackpool FC Bloomfield Road stadium for crowd safety

Roads alongside Blackpool FC's Bloomfield Road stadium are to be shut to traffic on match days in order to improve safety for fans attending games.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Wednesday, 6th July 2022, 4:25 pm

As part of crowd safety measures, traffic will be banned from Bloomfield Road between its junctions with Seasiders Way and Central Drive, and from short stretches (mostly five metres) of Seymour Road, St Helier's Road, Saville Road and Henry Street close to their junctions with Bloomfield Road.

The closures will be in place on match days only "for as long as required to ensure the safety of the general public and match attendees when accessing and egressing the football stadium", according to a public notice published in The Blackpool Gazette.

This is expected to be for a maximum of 15 minutes before the start of games, and 20 minutes after the end.

Bloomfield Road stadium

The move has been welcomed by fans group the Blackpool Supporters Trust (BST) which has held talks with the police and the council about improving safety for supporters.

BST spokeswoman Christine Seddon said: "Lots of other football clubs do exactly the same thing, and if people know this is the case they will avoid the area.

"It also makes it much safer for fans, especially if they have young children with them or mobility issues, and I'm sure it will also make it easier for the police.

"We have been involved in various meetings with the police and council about fan safety and this is one element of it, so I am glad fans are being listened to.

"Across the board supporters have said people would feel more comfortable if the road was just closed for that short period of time so I think this makes sense."

The proposed order, which is being made by the council, will be in place for the whole of the 2022/23 season, with sign-posted diversion routes. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

The order will come into force on Saturday July 16 and continue to be in force until May 31 next year, with the council using its powers under the Road Traffic Regulation Act.