We're investing more than £250 million to help improve the region’s bathing waters

We might not have the climate of the French Riviera, but here in the North West we can boast some of the best bathing beaches in the UK.

Over 30 of our beaches are designated for swimming and paddling, and in 2016 Blackpool South achieved its first blue flag status. But there's still more to do. New, stricter regulation standards for bathing water quality mean that we need to work harder than ever to ensure our beaches and waters are up to scratch.

That's why, here in Lancashire, we are carrying out work right along the coast to improve our pumping stations, storm outlets and sewer network. All of these investments in our region's infrastructure will make a huge long-term difference to the Fylde coast now, and help to ensure that we enjoy it well into the future. Find out more:

Anchorsholme Park

Blackpool South

Morecambe's Beaches


We’re also investing £140 million on some major improvement work at Blackburn, Nabs Head and Darwen wastewater treatment sites.

The work will ensure that the wastewater is treated to a higher standard – before its safely returned back to the environment and thus improving the water quality of the River Darwen. This will also help to improve bathing waters on the Fylde Coast and the Ribble Estuary Shellfish Waters. Find out more here: