So as you walk out of the train station there will be a new ramp taking you in to the main town area or you can walk under the road through a new subway in to the tram terminus.
Around the tram terminus a car park incorporated on the site for the hotel with a bar, restaurant and meeting rooms.
This will make commuting for visitors to Blackpool’s attractions, hotels or other towns so much easier and once built will look impressive.
Two new Flexity trams were purchased out of the total cost to form a seamless service catering for the new terminus.
A survey in 2016 proved that visitor numbers were on the up with 18 million visitors coming to Blackpool. Supporting over 25k jobs and spending £1.5b.
The new attraction to be built is estimated to bring an extra 600k visitors alone! The tramway in August 2016 moved 700,000 passenger across the fylde coast with an expected increase projected for the future of the area.
These numbers are huge. Blackpool Council has to respond and recognise this and invest, attract investment and develop this town for the needs of the visitors.
When we have all these new attractions, new tramway and figures to prove it works this town will be shining very bright and standing out across the worlds stage.
So, when will the new terminus be finished? Some speculate 2022, but remember this is a huge project and there are many upgrades and changes happening across Blackpool right now including money spent on a new conference area, new Blackpool museum, state of the art 9 screen Imax theater and more all part of this future development plan.
The Wilko’s building is old, over 30 years old. It was once a food supermarkets, one of the very first in Blackpool that I remember going to in the 80’s when it was Fine Fare, in fact if you look at the plastic cladding among the brickwork you can still see the old double f logo embedded.
After this it was Gate Way then Food Giant before closing for Wilkinson’s to take over.
This is excellent footage, and it’s great as a capture of the changes to the town. History recorded from a seagull’s point of view along Talbot road.
The next Blackpool vlog will tell you all about the creator of the Chariots of the Gods. Eric Van Daneken’s visions and what to expect to see in the new entertainment complex park soon to be born in Blackpool’s Central with excellent drone footage from CDWILS86 of the area before the developers arrive.
Are you excited to enjoy the changes across Blackpool? Will you be using the new tramway or visiting the area perhaps especially for the new attraction?
Drone footage by CDWILS86. All photos in the gallery are free - the artists impressions are from Blackpool Council or similar sources.