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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 10 May 2014

great and staff so cheerful and helpful,very smooth ride went to Fleetwood and Cleveleys.I understand if your bus pass is not issued from Blackpool now you can't use it on the trams,shame for folk from Cleveleys and Fleetwood

Thank kate c
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

As the title says if you love trams then you must take a trip from the main terminal all the way to Fleetwood as you cannot experience this anywhere else in the UK.
Expect to take a few hours to complete this but it is enjoyable.

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

We took the tram from Blackpool to Fleetwood. First class. The staff were friendly, helping people to understand where they need to alight.
For best value get a day pass (£4.50 for the days travel) and we were also able to go on the bus (which we did on the return).
The trams are frequent, and they are clean. It is an experience just to go up and down on these! We loved it!

Thank David_Avery
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The trams have mostly all been upgraded now and are very nice, and clean. A little expensive, a family day pass is the best value if you planning to go up and down a bit in a day.
Do miss the old trams and some of the 'character' of Blackpool was missing.
There are a couple of the older trams running but it was difficult to make sure you managed to catch one of these.
The old trams are now only brought out when the illuminations are on and decorated so may see them if we come back later in the year.

Thank cheekymiss
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Reviewed 7 May 2014

It's bizarre finding that what you thought was a seaside attraction is actually a very efficient means of moving large numbers of people around Blackpool and its surroundings. Heritage trams run on bank holiday weekends but during the week modern Bombardier trams run every ten minutes between the tram depot to the south of the town, through the town and past the three piers, out to the hotel district and then all the way through the suburbs of Blackpool to Fleetwood which is a small and rather sad town on its own. In Fleetwood trams share the road with cars but on the rest of the route the rails are separated onto what looks like one side of a dual carriageway, with two-way vehicle traffic on the other side of the dual carriageway. The trams have two conductors who sell tickets on board.

The trip from the centre of Blackpool to Fleetwood takes about 45 minutes. You can spend some time in Fleetwood looking at the shops and the very popular covered market and then return on the tram to Blackpool.

Thank Peter W
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