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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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friendly service, goes right round Blackpool, knowledgeable drivers, good value for money £4.50 for all day can get off and on as many times as you like

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

friendly service, goes right round Blackpool, knowledgeable drivers, good value for money £4.50 for all day can get off and on as many times as you like

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Trams and buses are the lifeline for transportation in blackpool. If you are a tourist then you will surely take the trams on the beach side, either the ones towards starr gate or the ones towards Fleetwood. If you are really a fan of trams you might as well try the heritage tours on the old trams

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

i wait more than 20 minutes in tram stops i see 3 trams but the driver ignore us. then i take heritage tram to pleasure beach the price fair for round trip but , after i finish from Blackpool pleasure beach park i wait more than 40 mins for the tram but just one came & refuse take us &... More 

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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A family ticket was easier than trying to park the car. As many trips on the tram or bus for the day was very economical. Plenty of trams and mostly a place to sit they were clean and comfortable.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The new Blackpool trams are a pleasure to use, although I suppose they lack the character of the vintage ones that still run on selected days. Not only are they frequent and on time but the staff are among the best I have ever come across on public transport! Friendly, helpful, happy to chat but also very efficient. We travelled... More 

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Yorkshire Dales National Park, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Sadly most of the traditional trams are now replaced with the modern ones you find in a lot of city centres In my opinion I much prefer the traditional ones. Miss what we expected in Blackpool to hear ...the old trams rattling on the tracks and we always had a tram ride to fleetwood , not now though Appreciate things... More 

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Absolutely brilliant. Clean, conductors very pleasant, Went on the tram at least 10 times over the weekend, really good.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

concssionary pass for disabled people should go free on the trams & carers free in all off england or half price like old people heidi rowson

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Leeds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

A delightful experience. Clean modern trams that run on time, staffed by polite friendly staff.A complete opposite to the dirty late running buses staffed by rude ignorant drivers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

From End to end TO end this best way to get about , cheap , regular ,clean , happy Staff ...... runs Late to Fleetwood .... wait if sea You running for Tram .... WeLL DoNe Blackpool .

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