Many of the bridges in Blackpool are in a bad state of repair. To ensure that these bridges will remain open to traffic into the future, Blackpool's 10 bridges will be undergoing a massive repair programme over the next 5 years .
Work on the repairs will be staggered to reduce disruption to road users. The next phase will start on Plymouth Road Bridge (Crossley's Bridge) on Monday 4 July to prepare it for replacement at the end of the year.
Plymouth Road Bridge
Will see the demolition of the current bridge prior to to the construction of a new higher bridge. The work will start on 7 November 2016 and is expected to run until Friday 7 April 2017.
The work to replace the bridge will be carried out in conjunction with Network Rail's work to electrify the train line to Blackpool.
This work will see a complete closure of Plymouth Road. The foot bridge will remain open to pedestrians during this time.
Road closure and diversions
Plymouth Road will be closed in both directions from it's junction with Benson Road to the junction at Bispham Road/Holyoake Avenue.
Traffic will be diverted along Warbreck Hill Road, Devonshire Road, Talbot Road, Westcliffe Drive and Poulton Road.
There will be changes to bus services that use Plymouth Road Bridge. Details of these changes can be found on Blackpool Transport's website.
This will see the services located to the temporary footbridge returned to the new bridge and the demolition of the footbridge. Work is expected to start on 7 April 2017 and run until 27 July.
Two-way traffic on the road will be maintained at all times.
Work to improve the traffic flow around the junction of Plymouth Road and Warbreck Hill Road, as well as on Plymouth Road roundabout will also be examined with a view to making the area easier for drivers when the bridge re-opens.