Blackpool Council has confirmed the details of its £100m project to regenerate the seaside destination’s town centre. In a statement, the local authority said it is committed to ‘focusing large-scale investment’ in a series of major schemes that will ‘breathe new life’ into the town centre over the next three years. The projects include a £26m investment in a new, state-of-the-art conference centre next to the Winter Gardens which will open for business in August 2019 attracting visitors throughout the year. There will also be a new £23m tram extension from the Promenade to Blackpool North Station, creating a link to the newly-electrified rail line and a new 144-bedroom, 4-star Holiday Inn and restaurant that will be sited at the North Station transport interchange on the site of the old Wilko building. In addition, a £7m Quality Corridors programme will see the refurbishment of Deansgate, Edward Street, Topping Street, Cookson Street … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart