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Local Area Info

Blackpool is famous as the most successful seaside resort in the UK. It has a resident population of 147,982.

The town has excellent transport links with easy access to the motorway network, an international airport and excellent rail links served by Northern Trains and TransPennine express.

While Blackpool enjoys a large number of small businesses and self-employed people, there are some large employers. The government-owned National Savings and Investments is based at Marton, together with their random number generating computer ERNIE which picks the Premium Bond numbers, while other government agencies are based at Warbreck and Norcross further up the Fylde Coast. Burtons Foods produce biscuits and other bakery products, Arvin Meritor manufactures automotive components, and the Glasdon Group is a plastics manufacturer which makes litter bins, park benches and reflective road signs

Blackpool is investing huge amounts in infrastructure and improvements to the town. Future projects include a £500m scheme to build Storm City, a proposed multi-themed indoor entertainment complex on a 30 acre site between Rigby Road and Central Drive

Storm City would house

  • A 12,000 seated Arena
  • Four World Class hotels
  • Shopping areas
  • Five themed entertainment areas
  • Rooftop gardens
  • Blackpool's own version of the London Eye.

A second scheme, which is primarily aimed at the local population, but will also benefit those holidaymakers travelling to the town by rail, named Talbot Gateway is a £285m Civic Quarter, for which International project management specialist AMEC has been chosen to transform what is at present a rundown area around Blackpool North railway station into a what Blackpool Council hope will be a world class gateway with new office and retail space as well as a public square, dubbed the Talbot Plaza. Funding for this has now been received and some building projects have already been started.

The development will be 'wrapped' around Blackpool North railway station so that rail passengers arrive at street level into the new plaza with views down to the seafront, making their arrival at Blackpool a much more pleasant experience than at present. The regeneration company behind much of the towns current and future development, ReBlackpool are working closely with Blackpool Council and AMEC to finalise the remaining planning applications.

With such huge investment into the town, Blackpool and its surrounding areas of Lytham St Annes, Fleetwood, Poulton le Fylde and Kirkham, is attracting significant interest from buy-to-let investors.