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Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #1 of 81 things to do in Blackpool
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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.
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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“great service”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

Great value travel if you are wanting to explore Blackpool and the Fylde coast buy a £3.50 day ticket from various outlets before you board as it costs £4.50 on tram and its valid on all trams all day and the local buses also so if you are holidaying or newly moved to Blackpool it is a great way to see the great sights of this great town.
The trams are really modern and clean with great staff and regular timetable

Visited August 2014
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Ashington, United Kingdom
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“Travel in comfort”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

All new trams with the classic ones coming out during the lights. New one a lot more comfortable than the old one but don't have the charm and character.

Visited August 2014
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York
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“Trams all full! Not enough of them, not frequent enough!”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We wanted to take our 4 year old on the tram for the first time. We approached the stop just as a tram arrived. The tram was full, and I mean FULL to the brim!
We waited for a second tram (15 minute wait- this is too long!) and same ST Chads to North Pier.
We decided to get on the bus £5 for two adults and a child. But it was almost empty so no issues with overcrowding.
We did actually get the tram back later that evening at 10pm from north pier to st chads. There were plenty of spaces and no one needed to stand. The fare was £3 for two adults as the dont charge for children after 9pm.
Fares are £1.00 one stop £1.50 up to 5 stops. £2.00 up to 16 stops. Stops have to be in one continuous journey. You can buy a family day pass for £9.50for 2 adults and 2 children.This is more cost effective if you are doing several journeys.

Visited August 2014
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“Cheap and reliable.”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

£9 for family day saver. Brilliant got us around quickly with no hassle. Trams clean, ticket inspectors friendly.

Visited August 2014
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Wolverhampton
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“Blackpool trams”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

The trams are an excellent mode of transport and a family ticket for the whole day for 2 adults and 3 children only costs £9.

Visited August 2014
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