Funding boost for Blackpool tram extension

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Blackpool’s tram system looks set to be extended from the promenade to Blackpool North railway station.

Transport for Lancashire has announced that  £16.4 million will be awarded toward the total cost of £18.2 million.

The money comes from a funding package of £90 million allocated to improving road and rail networks on the Flyde coast over the next decade.

It is envisaged that the new tram lines will go from the North Pier along Talbot Road to the railway station. It is now up to Blackpool Council to find the remaining £1.8 million.

Stephen Brookes, chairman of Blackpool Transport user group, said: “The plans for the new tramway are incredibly important as they will enable Blackpool to have a joined up transport consortium. It will be absolutely brilliant for the town.

“We are expecting electric trains in the next 18 months and when this is completed the tram system will link in at Blackpool North station.”

Report by Jonathan Webb

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