The trams will run along the extended stretch of track along Talbot Road between North Pier and Blackpool North Tram Hub, as part of the week-long exercise to operationally test the track and signaling equipment.
It’s not the first time the new tram line has been tested – the extension hit a new milestone on March 16 when trams ran the tracks along Talbot Road for the first time as part of early testing , although historically there was once a lane there. decades earlier.
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This latest milestone is yet another incremental step in the delivery of the Talbot Gateway Phase 2 project which will house an integrated light rail and rail transport hub, a four-star Holiday Inn hotel, Marco Pierre White’s Italian restaurant in New York and new retail units in a bright setting. , a new modern underpass linking Blackpool North Station.
The Talbot Gateway project aims to improve transport links for residents and visitors to the resort.
Residents will benefit from a direct link to shops and leisure activities and commuters will benefit from faster journeys to and from Blackpool North station.
The general public is advised to remain vigilant in the Talbot Road area as trams will run in both directions using both sides of the motorway.
After a first start yesterday, the trams will run every 10 minutes between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day until this Sunday (July 3).
Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport, said: “We are really delighted to see the first of our trams traveling to the new transport hub as part of the trial work.
“This is an important step for us as we verify that all signals and crossings are working as intended, while ensuring that our operating procedure for this section of track is also well tested.
Councilor Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council, said: ‘It’s exciting to be at the tram test stage.
“This significant step in the development of Talbot Gateway will allow the rest of the work on the underpass and hotel to be finalized.
“For now though, residents will have to wait a bit longer to use the new tram route themselves, as we need to ensure passenger safety with the hotel and underpass fully completed before bringing the new trams into service. new services.
“Once open, the new transport links at the new Gare du Nord terminus will completely transform the way we get around the city.”
The Talbot Gateway Phase 2 development, part of a 15-year partnership between Blackpool Council and Muse Developments, is due to be completed in spring 2023, enhancing Blackpool’s vibrant central business district.
The £80m investment in Phase 1 included Grade A offices, a Sainsbury’s flagship supermarket, a gym, retail units, a new public domain and an award-winning multi-storey car park.
A new road alignment and modern sidewalks have helped transform the once dilapidated area north of the city centre, creating a vibrant new place to work and do business.