Tramway gets cash boost from council’s legacy

One of the new trams makes a first visit to Fleetwood.
One of the new trams makes a first visit to Fleetwood.

FLEETWOOD’S tram system is set to benefit from part of a £2m investment from County Hall.

The cash injection is the latest phase of Lancashire County Council’s total commitment of £15.2m towards the £100m scheme for a new track from Blackpool through to Fleetwood and 16 trams.

The money is part of a £50m legacy fund announced by the county council which has secured the windfall by reducing management costs and making investments in government bonds.

Lancashire Council leader Geoff Driver said: “We’re delighted to announce this massive new investment and determined it will leave a positive, lasting legacy.

“Young people are at the heart of our proposals because they are the future.

“We also plan to direct some of this investment into providing the right infrastructure and other conditions that make Lancashire a good place to do business.”

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The council’s cabinet has laid out a series of legacy projects aimed at improving opportunities for young people and promoting economic growth.

These include a £10m apprenticeship scheme to encourage employers to take on trainees, a £5m investment over five years to support the cost of young people travelling to education, employment and training and £10m to help businesses grow.

Another £6m is earmarked for the Youth Zone programme to provide more activities for young people, £3m for a youth mentoring programme involving armed forces veterans and £1m for refurbishing libraries.

The tramway money is part of a £15m pot for four transport projects in the county.

The £50m includes £10m in savings made on administration and management costs and a £40m cash boost from investments made in government bonds.

Chief executive Phil Halsall said: “We shifted a lot of the council’s funds into gilts which offer good security in a turblent financial climate.

“This has enabled the council to sell on its gilts and generate this huge one off windfall.

“That can now be pumped back into local services in Lancashire.”