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Project Amber - Creating 21st century roads

Project Amber forms part of our plan to create 21st century roads and make Blackpool better. Blackpool was the first local authority in the UK to use advanced imagery and analysis technology to repair roads. We’re now working with numerous suppliers who provide the latest technology to help us fix roads in a faster and cheaper way.

Recently, lots has been happening behind-the-scenes as we trial better ways to look after some of Blackpool’s roads, particularly in some residential areas.

New technology, such as advanced imagery and analysis capturing, uses ultra-high definition imagery to send road surface information back to our teams. We also trialled new technology to fill potholes, filling in cracks within just a few minutes, which is great news as it means fewer road closures and a better commute for road users.

Surface treatment – how it works

The treatment used as part of Project Amber delivers long-lasting repairs, preserving and extending the life of our road surfaces for five to eight years. Project Amber allows us to repair roads in a faster, greener way, resulting in lower repair costs.

Although some roads may appear to look fine, fine cracks and worn areas can start to appear. If the cracks are left untreated, they will deteriorate further, allowing water to get beneath the surface.

We use a process known as ‘asphalt preservation’. This varnish-like treatment seals and preserves the existing surface. It’s fast, efficient, sustainable and very effective in preventing water from damaging the road and protecting the surface from heavy traffic. It also means less disruption for local property owners, since the process is quieter than traditional resurfacing methods.

Upcoming works 

We are planning to carry out improvements to the surface of Waterloo Road between the Promenade and Lytham Road, starting from Monday 28 February for approximately six weeks. The work will be undertaken in three phases to minimise disruption to local businesses and residents.  

What work is happening 

The aim of the upcoming works on Waterloo Road is to remove any parts of the paving that are in disrepair, and replace them with improved tarmac to provide a smooth driving surface. As part the phased closure, all damaged kerbs will be replaced and the drainage system will be cleaned to ensure it is running at maximum capacity.  

If left untreated, the surface of the road will deteriorate and cause further issues to the foundation of the road, so it’s important that we take action soon. 

When and where the work is happening 

Work is set to begin on Monday 28 February 2022 and will last approximately six weeks. It will take place in three phases. The below sections of road will be closed to traffic as part of each phase.  

  • Phase 1 – section of Waterloo Road between the Promenade and Bond Street 
  • Phase 2 – section of Waterloo Road between Bond Street and Moore Street 
  • Phase 3 – section of Waterloo Road between Moore Street and Lytham Road 

Once work is completed on each phase, each section will reopen and the team will move on to the next phase. 

Access via Waterloo Road 

  • Businesses will be open as usual and pedestrian access will be maintained at all times 

  • Access for vehicles along Bond Street will be maintained at all times during the works 

  • The St Bede’s Avenue junction will remain open, aside from two closures following the completion of Phase 2. Expected dates for this are Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March, however any closures will take place outside of peak hours to minimise disruption 

Please note that diversions will be in place for the other surrounding streets. If you need to make a journey, please allow a little extra time. 

The scheduled works are also weather dependent – any changes or updates to the schedule will be listed on this page.

Health and safety guidance 

While work is taking place, safety fencing and diversions will be in place, and warning signs will be displayed in the area. Operatives stationed throughout the site will be happy to assist with directions. 

Thank you in advance for your patience while we make Blackpool better. 

Past and future work

Our most recent work took place in August 2021 on Progress Way, Squires Gate Lane and the Promenade. The works took place overnight in smaller sections, with disruption kept to a minimum.

Improvements were completed in time for the busy August bank holiday and ensured that the essential route was in great shape ahead of the start of the Illuminations season.

We'll be rolling out in more areas across Blackpool in the future to improve roads for commuters and make Blackpool better.

We also worked in the below areas in the past couple of years: 

  • Moore Park Avenue (Bispham)
  • Faraday Way (Bispham)
  • St Annes Road (South Shore)
  • School Road (Stanley Ward)



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