Solution found to end bus nightmare

A Blackpool Transport bus performs a u-turn in front of Queen's Terrace, Fleetwood.
A Blackpool Transport bus performs a u-turn in front of Queen's Terrace, Fleetwood.

A SOLUTION to a traffic nightmare in Queens Terrace has been found.

Work on the new supertram service in the town means around 12 buses per hour park outside Queen’s Terrace, causing noise, fumes and disturbance.

Coun Tim Ashton

Coun Tim Ashton

Buses even do U-turns in the road to use what has become an unofficial terminus.

But a solution has been found following a meeting between local councillors and Lancashire County Council officials.

Resident Sue Kershaw, who has led the campaign to curb the buses, said: “It’s wonderful news – everyone in the block will feel the same way.

“People will be over the moon because we will be able to sleep a little better. “We have taken letters to County Hall pointing out the upset and inconvenience it is causing to everyone. It’s very good they have been able to sort it out.” The problems have been made worse because Queen’s Terrace, a listed building, cannot have double glazing.

Local councillors have been told the Blackpool Transport number 14 bus will follow the same route as the trams, going in a loop around Fleetwood Bowling Club, avoiding Queen’s Terrace completely.

The number one will end its journey at Freeport rather than travelling up Dock Street to Queen’s Terrace.

Chairman of Fleetwood Town Council, Coun Alan Marsh, said: “The arrangements have to be confirmed by county, but we had a very good meeting and it looks like there is a solution for people living in Queen’s Terrace.”

County Coun Clive Grunshaw said: “This will alleviate all the problems that we have been encountering and is probably the best solution.

“Some parking will be lost on the northern edge of the short section of Pharos Street to make this route viable.”

County Coun Tim Ashton, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We had a very productive meeting with Blackpool Transport and Fleetwood Town Council.

“We put forward a scheme to relocate bus parking to Bold Street next to the tram terminus.

“All partners are happier with this new location, which should be better for local residents, businesses and those using the bus, tram and ferry services.”