New future eyed for controversial Blackpool ghost train site

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The Carnesky’s Ghost Train was demolished in 2014 after moving to Flagstaff Gardens from the Winter Gardens

The former Blackpool ghost train ride at Flagstaff Gardens

The former Blackpool ghost train ride at Flagstaff Gardens (Image: TripAdvisor)

The site of a controversial Blackpool ghost train ride is set to become the destination of a new hospitality venture.

Blackpool Council is currently looking for parties to take over part of Flagstaff Gardens, South Shore, which was once home to the Carnesky’s Ghost Train.

This was until it was dismantled seven years ago.

And it is hoped the land, close to the Promenade between Withnel Road and Osborne Road, could attract a seasonal operator with the sale of food and drink among the potential options.The ghost train was moved to Flagstaff Gardens after initial failings at its previous home in the Winter Gardens.

It attracted controversy after costing £285,000 to initially install.

The investment was part of £875,000 the council had to allocate from its own budget to lever in £3.5m worth of grants from the North West Development Agency.

The land was later leased to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and last year a new toilet block was built by Danfo on the southern portion of the site.

Access would need to be maintained to underground water tanks which are owned by United Utilities.

The notice adds: “Proposals are invited for a summer leisure use only with moveable structures to allow access to United Utilities’ facilities.

“Award will be based on most appropriate use for this prestigious site.”

Potential operators have until midday on Friday May 28 to submit their offers.