Blackpool Central complex given go-ahead

Flying Theatre, Blackpool Central

A £300 million entertainment complex in Blackpool has been given the go-ahead by the local authorities.

Blackpool Central will feature indoor thrill rides and a ‘flying theatre’ simulator experience.

It will be constructed over several years on the site of the town’s former Central railway station, which has been closed since the 1960s.

Simon Blackburn, leader of Blackpool Council said: “We are delighted to have finalised the details of the contract.

“[We] are confident and happy to have secured the best possible deal for the site and that the final agreed terms meet our desires and ambitions for the comprehensive redevelopment of Blackpool Central.”

Part of the attraction known as the ‘Thrill and Gaming Zone’ is expected to feature small-scale indoor rollercoasters.

The Flying Theatre will be a simulator-style visual and physical experience that will be housed separately.

The proposed themed of the entire complex is Chariots of the Gods, a series of novels written by Eric Von Däniken in the 1960s and 1970s