A better Blackpool

We're committed to making Blackpool better for everyone and our town is currently seeing some exciting changes, including new places to shop and eat, new housing, better public transport and more modern, greener streets.

We want to create a more attractive place to live, with a thriving economy, leading to more jobs for local people.

During the regeneration, we will do our best to keep you up-to-date with planned roadworks on the roadworks pages

 

Blackpool Central

A £300 million development which will bring world-class visitor attractions to a landmark site on the famous Golden Mile. A range of indoor attractions will be built, including the UK’s first flying theatre, the world’s first multimedia exhibition of its kind and the most advanced virtual reality experience on an epic scale.

It is estimated that the development will attract 600,000 additional visitors a year with a combined annual spend of £75m. It will also create 1,000 new jobs for people in Blackpool.

New hotels

The development of several hotels will attract more business into the town, creating new jobs and apprenticeships for local people, as well as more places to eat. The latest £multi-million hotels include Blackpool’s first 5-star accommodation, the Sands Venue, located on the Promenade, and a new 150 room Premier Inn, due to open on Talbot Square in December. There will also be a four-star Holiday Inn hotel - part of the Talbot Gateway area of the town centre near Sainsbury’s and Blackpool North Station – expected to be built between October 2020 and April 2022.

Artists impression of the new Holiday inn hotel on Talbot Road

Modern streets

Updating and modernising key streets in Blackpool to create a more modern, fresh and appealing look and feel. Thanks to funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership’s Growth Deal, a £7.8m facelift will see resurfaced roads, better pavements, more crossings, more benches, bins and cycle parking.

Artist impression of new Talbot Road development

Conference centre

A 21st Century state-of-the-art conference centre is being built, encouraging more people to stay and shop in our town. The brand new conference centre will directly link to the refurbished Empress Ballroom and Opera House increasing the Winter Gardens overall capacity for conferences to 7,000 delegates. The steel frame for the main event space is currently being installed, with next steps including connecting the new build to the existing Winter Gardens. The conference centre is expected to open for business in 2021.

Artist impression of new Winter Gardens Conference and Exhibition Centre

Talbot Gateway

The Talbot Gateway area is the creation of a town centre business district which includes new offices, a Sainsbury’s superstore, retail units and a new public transport interchange at Blackpool North station. A new road layout and modern pavements have helped to transform the once run-down area in the north of the town centre, creating a new vibrant place to work and do business. The latest phase of works involves the demolition of the former Wilko store building, making way for the brand-new transport interchange, new underpass, a four-star Holiday Inn hotel and restaurant, and new retail outlets.

Better public transport and travel

More trams on the network and more frequent services. The extension to the tramway will connect North Station to the Promenade giving a direct link to shops, hotels and attractions. There will be a modern and electrified rail line which is cleaner, greener, quieter and more reliable, getting you to where you need to be to shop, work and enjoy Blackpool. The roadworks phase of the project was completed in February 2019. The tram extension service is expected to be open with a temporary stop in 2021 and in its permanent condition in 2022.

Artist impression tram on Talbot Road

Blackpool Museum

Showtown Blackpool will be the UK’s first museum to feature permanent displays on circus, magic, variety, and ballroom dance - filled with 800+ objects from the town’s extensive collections and those on loan from our national partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.

This £13m project, due to open on the Promenade within the next couple of years, will be designed like no other museum, telling personal stories, highlighting how Blackpool has touched the lives of millions.

Blackpool Council Photo credit - Lorne Campbell (Guzelian)

Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone

The Enterprise Zone spans land at Squires Gate, Blackpool Business Park and Blackpool Airport. The vision is to attract more than 180 new businesses, help create up to 5000 new jobs and securing over £300m private sector investment. Since April 2016, it's attracted 91 new companies and more than 1450 new jobs for the area. 

Work is on track to create new sports facilities at the Common Edge Road playing fields, suitable for activities including football, rugby and hockey. 

Faster internet

Blackpool’s now connected to a new subsea fibre optic cable linking the USA with Northern Europe, with access to some of the fastest internet available worldwide due to a £multi-million investment. Read more here Cable Landing

Due to £3.1m of government funding (DCMS), Fibre Blackpool is a co-operative project, sharing resources to expand a Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) giving an improved broadband internet connection to residents and businesses. Visit Fibre Blackpool for more information and to register your interest.

Faster internet connection in Blackpool

Improving schools and education

Blackpool is one of 12 funded areas taking part in the Department for Education’s opportunity area programme.

Each area is working in partnership with local schools, businesses, charities and partner organisations to overcome the barriers that hold children and young people back.

The programme supports children and young people in Blackpool, helping them to go as far as their talents and ambition will take them.

Town Deal

Blackpool is one of 101 UK towns that is in line for a new 'Town Deal' – a significant investment of up to £25m to spend on improvements across the town. This will be funded through the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, a new government scheme that will help improve where we live, work and play, boost jobs and grow the local economy.

As part of a resident survey, we asked what improvements you would like to see in Blackpool and how you would make Blackpool Better. Your response has been fantastic so thank you for taking part and making a difference!

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