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St John's Experimental Traffic Regulation Order

From Monday 5 June 2023 new traffic regulations will be coming into place in St John’s Square and the surrounding area.

Previously a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) was in place at St John’s Square which prohibited access to all vehicles during the day. Since then the area has seen increased volumes of traffic and has become an area of uncertainty for road users and pedestrians, sparking safety concerns.

As part of an effort to improve pedestrian and road user safety in the town centre, we will be implementing an Experimental Traffic Regulation Order (ETRO) in and around the St Johns Square area to trial new restrictions.

Location and timescale

From Monday 5 June 2023 traffic restrictions will come into place in and around the St John's Square area on the following roads:

  • Cedar Square
  • Church Street from St John’s Square to Corporation Street
  • Abingdon Street from Church Street to Cheapside
  • Birley Street
  • Adelphi Street
  • Carter Street

The ETRO will be in place and enforceable for an experimental period of up to 18 months. The ETRO will be reviewed after 6 months and Blackpool Council have the right to amend the order during the experimental period.


The ETRO will restrict traffic movement, enabling this area to become a pedestrian and cycle zone. Only buses, taxis and other authorised vehicles (such as emergency services) will be authorised to drive within the restricted area.

There will be no waiting permitted within the restricted area. Taxis will be permitted to stop for pick-up/drop-off within the restricted area, however waiting is only permitted within the designated taxi rank on Church Street.

Access for delivery vehicles is permitted into the restricted area between 6.00pm and 10.30am only.

Unfortunately access for those with a blue badge won’t be possible in this area under the new restrictions being trialled. There are parking concessions already in place in the town centre to support a wide range of on-street and car parks for blue badge users. Find out more about disabled parking.


To give feedback and share your views on the new restrictions pleease use one of the following option:

If you have any questions about the ETRO, please don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing