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Blackpool Tramway

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Address: Rigby Road | Blackpool, Blackpool, England
Phone Number: +44 1253 37001
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Description: Blackpool has the oldest electric street tramway in the world with records...
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. The bus services suffered from local competition throughout the 1980s and early 90s, culminating in the purchase by Blackpool Transport of the former Lytham St Annes corporation services, which by 1993 were running as Blue Buses. The Blue Buses depot at Squires Gate was kept for several years until all operations were consolidated on one site at Rigby Road.
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Liked it all, service on the trams is economical and staff are excellent. Trams are punctual and comfortable

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Warwick, England, United Kingdom
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Warwick, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Liked it all, service on the trams is economical and staff are excellent. Trams are punctual and comfortable

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

If you visit during the winter months you are more likely to get a seat. however if you come any other time you'd be lucky even to get on! They are dangerously over crowded! Scary!!

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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

All the main attractions are within easy reach of the trams and are of great value for money. They are clean and modern

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Trams are clean and the conductors friendly and helpful. A day ticket where you can travel the whole tramway and get on and off when and were you like is excellent. They run regularly and timetables are up at each of the stops. An ideal way to travel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

£4.50 for each adult (feb 2015) and that gives you unlimited day travel on buses or trams -we went all the way to fleetwood and then made our way to the pleasure beach

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Wellington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Being a rail buff I had always wanted to travel on the Blackpool trams. A little disappointed the old ones now only run of special occasions but the new ones are comfortable, clean & efficient. Rode all the way from Star Gate to Fleetwood Ferry and enjoyed the experience. Day ticket good value for money.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The tramway service is a very reliable service from Blackpool to Fleetwood and a very comfortable service every 20 minutes.

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Conwy, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

great value cheaper than driving don't after wait long for trams very clean and conductors very helpful

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We walked into the town centre on first day and bought our tickets for the day and following days from the transport office/shop £4 for a full day on tram/bus network is an amazing price and would recommend highly to get as we got our money's worth out of it going to Fleetwood Freeport then into Cleveleys and back to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Staff busy but helpful, advised us cheapest fair, great for kids to see Blackpool especially when cold. Worth a journey and brought back old memories

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BTS_Blackpool, Public Relations Manager at Blackpool Tramway, responded to this review

We are glad that you had a pleasant experience on our trams. We look forward to seeing you on them again soon. More 

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