Work to replace Waterloo Road cracked cobbles in Blackpool now complete

A £300,000 scheme to resurface part of Waterloo Road in South Shore has been completed after paving slabs had become damaged by traffic.

By Shelagh Parkinson
Wednesday, 13th April 2022, 5:01 pm

Blackpool Council has carried out the work between Lytham Road and the Promenade after ward councillors Derek Robertson and David O'Hara lobbied for investment to be made.

Cobbles had been laid around 15 years ago as part of an enhancement scheme for the area, but over the years had cracked and sunk in some places.

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The new road surface at Waterloo Road

Now they have been replaced with a traditional asphalt-type road surface, and all the road markings have been repainted.

Coun Robertson said: "It's a lot better now and the council has done a brilliant job. I think the new surface will last for many years. This is what they should have done from the start.

"It has hugely improved the look of the area and the business owners I have spoken to are very pleased with the work."

A new car park has also now opened on nearby Station Road at the junction with Lytham Road, which Coun Robertson said had also been welcomed by traders in the area.

The previous road surface had cracked

The site was previously home to the Grand Hotel and Casino, which were badly damaged by a fire in 2009.

Following the demolition of the buildings, the land was surrounded by hoardings for many years until work began last year to create the car park.

Coun Robertson added: "The car park is another welcome addition to this part of South Shore, and hoteliers are saying it is a godsend as it stops people parking in front of their properties.

"Both these developments are good for the area, and we have had a couple of new businesses come in such as Sally's Cafe which has opened on the corner of Bond Street and Station Road."

The new car park on Station Road