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“Not bad but really need improving soon”
Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #2 of 85 things to do in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Blackpool Transport is the proud operator of Blackpool's £100 million tramway. The four year project, which concluded in April 2012, saw the replacement of 11 miles of track, creation of a new depot and introduction of a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art trams. It has never been easier to travel across Blackpool and the Fylde coast, with faster journey times, easy access and integrated Blackpool1 tickets that give you unlimited use of the trams and Blackpool Transport bus network (excluding Heritage Trams). Our frequent and reliable tram service provides an energy efficient mode of transport connecting residents and visitors to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. The trams have level boarding and step-free interiors and designated disabled/pushchair areas making them accessible to all. Our frequent and reliable service connects passengers to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline. Heritage Tram Tours operate on Public and School Holidays, most weekends during Spring/Summer/Autumn and on special events. Heritage Day tickets are available that allow unlimited use of both heritage and modern trams plus Blackpool Transport buses. Heritage Trams stop only at the specially marked Heritage Tram Stops at Pleasure Beach, North Pier/Tower, Cabin, Bispham*, Cleveleys* and Fleetwood Ferry* (*special event days only). Blackpool has the oldest electric street tramway in the world with records dating back to 1884 when track plans were produced for an electric tramway that would connect North and South Shore. Blackpool Corporation paid for and maintained the infrastructure, whilst the Blackpool Electric Tramway Company, formed in January 1885 provided the electrical equipment, depot and tramcars. The tramway opened on the 29th September 1885. After the second world war, there was gradual consolidation and by 1962, the trams were confined to the 11 mile route from Starr Gate to Fleetwood which still operates today. The bus services expanded along with the town throughout the sixties, seventies and eighties. Since bus deregulation in 1986, the trams and buses have been operated by Blackpool Transport Services Ltd, a Blackpool Council Company. While the trams themselves are owned and run by Blackpool Transport, the tramway infrastructure is currently owned by Blackpool Council and leased to the Company, which pays an annual track rental fee for the privilege.
Reviewed 9 August 2012

The good points about the trams:
.They look quite good with a sleek design on the outside.
.They aren't too bad for braking down, only had one glitch for me and that is it.

The bad points about the trams:
. They are not big enough as there are only two carriages and fill up in a minute as many tourists use them and a lot of the older end so if you don't get on at the terminus then its is likely you will be standing.
.They are too expensive, it is a more £2 for a couple of stops and the best thing you can do is use bus passes to save money.
.They are not often enough as they often run late and I have ended up waiting for over half an hour for one from Fleetwood to town centre when they were supposed to be every 20 or so minutes. Traffic also affects this as in Fleetwood they have to wait for cars and can cause cars to be stuck behind them as the trams ride on the roads.
.The conductors aren't brilliant, it has become quite easy for people to ride without paying especially on busy days as they don't check the tickets on the doors so people can slip on and off and can't get down the tram quick enough to check who has paid and have no way to stop them. Also as with any public transport services the service you receive from the conductors will vary but I have had a few rude conductors who more or less want to go home or become very superior about being conductor.

Overall I would recommend you use a bus as they are at least more regular than the trams. They need to improve the service of the conductors and use more carriages at least.

2  Thank TwiTVD
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Reviewed 3 August 2012

Great way to get about although it can get a bit full at times. If you pay for your travel buy an all day ticket then you can get on and off when ever you want. Costs £4.50p. Well worth it.

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Reviewed 3 August 2012

Value for money. Mam was able to use her bus pass, my 5 yr old was able to travel free and i just needed to purchase an adult day saver for value on the day

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Reviewed 1 August 2012

i loved the ride on the trams ,the old trams takes me back a lot of years, its like yesteryear.then the new trams bring you back to the future

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Reviewed 1 August 2012

We used the new trams to get from the Pleasure Beach to the North Pier. They are comfy and quiet although I have to admit I miss the traditional trams. £6 for such a short journey for 2 adults and 2 kids though...that's a bit steep!

2  Thank Gary B
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