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Blackpool extension progress

Blackpool City Council has agreed to fund an extension of the seaside resort's upgraded tramway system. The extension will connect North Pier with the Blackpool railway station, making it easier for tourists to reach the seashore attractions. The overall extension cost is GBP18.2 million with the U.K. Department for Transport [DfT] funding the majority (16.4m).

Councillor John Jones, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "It is part of our regeneration plans to attract people and businesses to Blackpool and making it the hub of the Fylde. He added that it tied in with a GBP220m transformation of the north of the town centre, opposite the train station, known as the Central Business District. It was originally called the Talbot Gateway.

He indicated that it could take up to 3 years to produce the business case but work on the new track would take only six months.

1 May 2014

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