Plenty of excitement for Fleetwood in 2012

The new Bombardier Flexity 2 models, the most modern tramcars in the world.

The new Bombardier Flexity 2 models, the most modern tramcars in the world.

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THE year 2012 promises to be an exciting one for Fleetwood.

At a time when The Queen will be celebrating her Diamond Jubilee, a number of bold new projects for Fleetwood will come to fruition.

One scheme set to finish around February is the new £12m health centre on Dock Street, with new services including treatment for cancer suffers.

Across the road from this health facility, the Elms Dental Practice will be opening its new premises in the former Fleetwood Arms pub and will hold an open day to reveal the new facilities there.

This year will also see the return of the regular tram service to Fleetwood after an absence of more than a year, bringing welcome visitors to boost town centre trade.

However, the trams coming into Fleetwood will not be the traditional vintage ones but gleaming new Bombardier Flexity 2 models, the most modern tramcars in the world, as part of the massive £101m upgrade of the famous tramway. As summer draws in, visitors and residents will see the exciting £1.6m Sea Change scheme come to completion, revamping the Marine Gardens with fabulous landscape and outdoor features – and linking the coastal paths of Fleetwood and Cleveleys with eye-catching art works.

And on Friday June 22 Fleetwood will be caught up in the excitement over the London Olympics when the famous torch procession will pass through the town.

Meanwhile, work is expected to start on the new £40m energy recovery plant on Jameson Road, with the prospect of 40 new jobs. And other proposed new schemes for 2012 include the £11m tram heritage centre.

County Coun Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “We want people to make the most of 2012 and have a year to remember for good reasons.

“There are many interesting events this year.”