Saturday, 4 November 2017

Tram Enabling Works - Town Centre Diversions

Two significant junctions on the bus network will be closed from 13 November, requiring significant diversions. The Talbot Square junction (Promenade/Talbot Road) and the Talbot Road/Dickson Road junctions are closed. This is for enabling work for the new tram route to Blackpool North Station involving diversion of utilities under the road surface.

Most significant impact is on Promenade service 1. This is split into two services. The northern section will commence on Queen Street outside the Library and run via Dickson Road and Pleasant Street where it will pick up its normal route. Buses from Fleetwood will turn off the Prom at Springfield Road then onto Abingdon Street and Queen Street. This will run every 30 minutes.

The southern section is reduced to an hourly service running from Starr Gate to Adelaide Street terminating at the 20 terminus. The bus then returns via Bank Hey Street, Central Drive and Chapel Street to the Promenade.

The 2, 2C, 18 and 19 (plus school route 12) will now use Abingdon Street as a terminus instead of Corporation Street. They will approach the terminus from Church Street via St. Johns's Square and won't serve Topping Street. Outward journeys will turn left onto Talbot Road, left onto Clifton Street, right onto Abingdon Street and back through St John's Square, Caunce Street, Grosvenor Street and Church Street. While St John's Square has been used by services in the inward direction during the Illuminations this is the first time it has been used bidirectionally since it was pedestrianised.

The 3 and 4 northbound have a simple diversion, at Topping Street they turn right into Deansgate, Cookson Street, Talbot Road, High Street and Springfield Road with a new stop before turning onto Dickson Road as normal. Southbound is much more complex as the route will not serve Gynn Square either. At Warbreck Drive, the routes turn left onto Warbreck Hill Road then Links Road and Warley Road to rejoin the normal route at Westminster Road. From Pleasant Street, the buses cross onto the Promenade, then Springfield Road, Abingdon Street, Queen Street, Dickson Road, Springfield Road, High Street, Talbot Road, Buchanan Street, George Street, Grosvenor Street and as normal to Mereside. Stops will be on Abingdon Street outside the library and Springfield Road opposite Funny Girls.

The 5, 6 and 7 northbound from Central Drive follow Albert Road, with a stop near McDonalds, Regent Road, Church Street, Topping Street (main town centre stop), then Deansgate, Cookson Street and Talbot Road with the 6 then via Buchanan Street, George Street, Grosvenor Street. Southbound Market Street is accessible until 1900, so the 5/7 run via Buchanan Street, George Street, Grosvenor Street where the 6 joins and all run through St Johns Square, Abingdon Street, Talbot Road to Market Street and as normal. After 1900 they turn off Church St onto South King Street, Adelaide Street, Coronation Street, Reads Avenue to Central Drive. Neither Market Street or Bank Hey Street will be served with stops on Church Street and Coronation Street instead.

The 9 and 14 will terminate on Clifton Street. They will approach via Buchanan Street, Grosvenor Street and St Johns Square, returning via St Johns Square, Caunce Street and Cookson Street

The 11 and 17 will terminate at Market Street as normal until 1900, but will access via Church Street and Corporation Street. After 1900 they will terminate on Bank Hey Street, returning via Central Drive and, for the 11, Chapel Street.

Map link here