Talbot Gateway development begins to take shape

Contractors are currently on site at the Talbot Gateway site in Blackpool preparing to erect the steel framework of a new hotel and restaurant.

Phase Two of the scheme will see the construction of a four-star Holiday Inn and Marco Pierre White restaurant, which will also include a new underpass connected to Blackpool North train station.

Tramway contractors SISK, on behalf of Blackpool Council, are also back on site at Talbot Road to complete the new £23.4m tram link to Blackpool North train station. The existing tramway will be further extended from the corner of Dickson/Talbot Road, through the construction site to a new North Station terminus.

The completed extension will mean more trams on the network and more frequent services. The extension to the tramway will connect North Station to the Promenade giving a direct link to shops, hotels and leisure attractions and easier commuting for residents. The new tramline will be cleaner, greener, quieter and more reliable. 

Coun Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said: "It’s great to see the construction of the new hotel, Marco Pierre White restaurant and underpass starting to take shape and we’re looking forward to seeing the steelwork go up, a significant next step in the build programme.

"It’s come a long way since the demolition started back in September last year, despite the year we have had, which is a real testament to all those involved in this important regeneration project.

“We’re also a step closer to the new tramway extension being finalised which will bring greater capacity, more frequent services and better connectivity around town, making travel for residents and for visitors much easier, as well as providing more jobs for local people."

She added: "This whole development will play a significant part in the overall economic recovery of Blackpool and help us build back after Covid. We are aware that these works are inconvenient for people and we apologise in advance but the disturbance will be worth it in the end."

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