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Blackpool Tramtown Museum plans given go ahead
Blackpool’s historic tramway depot on Rigby Road has become one of the fastest growing attractions in town and news that the building is to be the subject of huge investment has been welcomed.
The tramway depot in Rugby Road has been home to Blackpool Transport’s fleet of historic trams for many years, however the Tramtown depot buildings have become dilapidated and in need of investment for some time. Nevertheless, plans have now been approved which will see a complete restoration of the main depot building and the initial phase of this much-needed redevelopment will see the engineering workshop moved into the main depot building. The existing workshop is scheduled for demolition to make way for elector charging points for a new fleet of electric buses.
Despite being outside the main attractions area in Blackpool, town hall planners had no hesitation in approving the application for restoring and redeveloping the site into a permanent tramway museum. The attraction has proven to be a hit with visitors and economically the redevelopment will enhance the facilities at the location while creating new jobs and possible future investment.
Heritage tours have been offered at Tramtown for around two years and these have been carried out by volunteers. The initial £800,000 for the first phase of the redevelopment will come from Blackpool Council as well as gate receipts received from visitors to the site. Public donations are also playing a major part in allowing the redevelopment to take place.
Initial repairs will be carried out on the roof, metal work and walls of the main depot while the second phase of the scheme would see the creation of a new exhibition space. The third and final phase will see the creation of a dedicated visitor centre as well as a cafe and shop.