Tram trials have taken place in a Lancashire town as work continues to deliver a £220million 4* Holiday Inn, a Marco Pierre White restaurant and a new underpass.
In late June, trams traveled the extended stretch of track on Talbot Road between North Pier and Blackpool North Tram Hub, as part of a week-long exercise to operationally test the track and signaling equipment.
This milestone was an incremental step in the delivery of the Talbot Gateway Phase 2 project, which will house an integrated light rail and train transit hub, a four-star Holiday Inn hotel, Marco Pierre White’s Italian restaurant in New York and new units retail store in a bright and new modern underpass linking to Blackpool North station.
Talbot Gateway is a £220 million investment that will 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.
Ahead of the tests, Blackpool Transport’s chief executive, Jane Cole, said: ‘We are really delighted to see the first of our trams traveling to the new transport hub as part of the test 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.
Blackpool Council leader Cllr Lynn Williams 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.
An £80m investment in Phase 1 includes Grade A offices, a flagship Sainsbury’s supermarket, gym, retail units, new public domain and 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.