A Â£100 million upgrade of Blackpoolâ€™s 120 year old tramway has been approved and funding has been confirmed by transport minister Sadiq Khan.
The total investment in the Tramway system amounts to Â£68.3 million from the Department for Transport and Â£33.4 million from the local council.
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Work on the traditional tramway will include replacing 8 km of track, accessibility improvements, tram priority at junctions, a new depot and the purchase of 16 Bombardier Flexity 2 trams.
BAM Nutall will handle the track replacement â€“ which is scheduled to be completed by Easter 2012 -Â Volker Fitzpatrick has been chosen to build a Â£20 million tram depot at Starr Gate.
Mr. Khan said: â€œTrams have been running in Blackpool for over 100 years – I hope this funding will mean the historic, world-famous Tramway can continue to run well into the future,â€ he said.
The tramway, which is owned by Blackpool Council, has been operating since 1885