£3.3m upgrade for key Blackpool road

Blackpool Council has invested £3.3m in upgrades to Yeadon Way, a key route in and out of the seaside resort.

The work was undertaken in conjunction with Eric Wright Construction Group and included strengthening weak parts of the road with underground concrete columns, improving drainage, installing energy efficient street lighting, the removal of overgrown vegetation and the installation of modern safety barriers.

The project was funded through a £2.3m grant awarded by the National Productivity Investment Fund, alongside a contribution from Blackpool Council's highways maintenance fund.

Although the road is a key route, the council has asked visitors to stay away until the government relaxes social distancing guidance.

Amanda Thompson, managing director of Blackpool Pleasure Beach, said: "I am delighted to see the re-opening of Yeadon Way following the upgrade work.  This direct link from the M55 to the heart of the resort and all its car parking is very important. 

"We are all working together in Blackpool to prepare to re-open as soon as possible and welcome visitors back, and the re-opening of Yeadon Way will be great news for anyone planning a visit."

Diane Bourne, managing director for Eric Wright Civil Engineering said: "When we started on the roadworks we could never have imagined working in the circumstances we are currently experiencing. It has been a real team effort to ensure we could continue safely with the programme of works to ensure this important route into the town was ready for the summer season."

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