Update on town centre improvement works

Improvement work around the town centre is making good progress with the different projects to make Blackpool better on schedule.

Planned roadworks which began on 6 November 2017 are part of a huge scheme to transform Blackpool, leading to investment and jobs for local people, as well as creating a more attractive place to live and work.

Exciting changes that will be seen over the next few years include better public transport, modern streets, more places to shop and eat, a new IMAX cinema, new four and five star hotels and a conference centre.

Overview of Works

  • Talbot Road works

The first stage of the project which involves moving utility pipes underneath sections of Talbot Road and its junctions in preparation for laying the new tram tracks will continue until March 2018.

  • Dickson Road upgrades

Road resurfacing and repaving improvements are also being undertaken on Dickson Road.

  • Cookson Street upgrades

Utility works are also ongoing on Cookson Street, which may mean some lane and footpath closures, but the road is still accessible.

Upcoming Temporary Closures

 All of the work is being carried out in phases to minimise disruption so there will be some temporary closures but businesses in the town centre will be open as usual.

Signed diversion routes will be in place throughout to make journeys easier.

Please see the map below for the next phase of temporary closures.

Map area Road closed Timescales
1 High street one way northbound between Talbot Road and Dickson Road 5 Feb –  2 March
2 Dickson Road between Talbot Road and Lansdowne Place

One way northbound

Fully closed



16 Feb – 5 March

5 March – 16 March

3 Talbot Road closed between Abingdon Street and Dickson Road 19 February – 30 March
4 Abingdon Street closed between Talbot Road and Deansgate 19 February – 30 March

Cllr Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “After all the detailed planning it is exciting to see changes taking shape to make Blackpool better.

“The vision for a Better Blackpool is becoming a reality and will provide benefits to our community and visitors to the town for years to come.

“Roadworks are a necessary part of these improvement works and the end result of a better town centre will be well worth waiting for.”

Keep up-to-date with the works by visiting and following Blackpool Council on social media @BpoolCouncil.


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