Sunday, March 16, 2014

Princess Street Bridge, Blackpool

This is the bridge over Princess Street looking west. It originally carried the railway line between Blackpool South and Blackpool Central stations.

This view is looking east. The railway line closed in 1964 and in the 1980s a road was built along the trackbed.

The former sidings approaching Blackpool Central have been converted into the Central car and coach park. The eastern parapet of the bridge can be seen on the right. The western portal is set back behind the hoardings on the right.

On the inside of the western parapet of the bridge is some graffiti/street art. I suspect this dates from 2012 but I haven't been able to confirm this.

This image from Streetview shows how it looked in 2009.

A contribution to Sunday Bridges at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo and Monday Murals.


  1. The older bridges certainly have character, or at least graffiti characters!

  2. A good recycling of the old railway line.
    Sadly, graffiti is a world-wide scourge...
    Be that as it may, «Louis» thanks you for linking this with Sunday Bridges.

  3. Not quite Edinburgh, but with its own quiet charm :-)

  4. I never knew there were two stations in Blackpool. Assume there is just the one now.

    1. The main station is now Blackpool North where the mainline services terminate. Blackpool South only has an hourly local service to Colne. B North and B Central were never connected. If my reading is correct Beeching in the 60s wanted to shut North and keep Central but the council preferred to close Central and keep North.

  5. It's good they are reusing the railbed!

  6. I think the street artist showed some restraint in sticking to his black and white palette. He also has a sense of humor which is always welcome. Thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.