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Blackpool Tramway

Address: Rigby Road | Blackpool, Blackpool, England
Phone Number: +44 1253 37001
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Ranked #5 of 37 Attractions in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Trams, Transportation
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Blackpool has the oldest electric street tramway in the world with records dating back to 1884 when...
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Type: Trams, Transportation
Fee: Yes
Owner description: 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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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The trams were dead full and cholstraphobic, wish the traditional ones were able to be used, but at least this year coming will see the use of heritage ones more often.

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Excellent we were able to get a tram outside our hotel and even this month they ran every 15 mins.We purchased 2 all day tickets and we could hop on and off as we liked.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Taxi fares around Blackpool in Jan are diabolicle!! Pre-booked Tram ticket (4.00) for all day. Loverly modern clean Tram. Superb and "Saved a small Fortune"

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Rotherham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Always reliable, and, believe it or not, still running up to 10pm on Christmas Eve! Smooth, warm, and there when you need one, wish my local bus service could boast that! Blackpool ain't complete without a tram ride, and only a few pounds for inlimited travel.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Well not so new now when I found out the old trams were been replaced wasn't happy have not been to Blackpool for about five years went for a illuminations break and went on the new trams fantastic conductors very happy talkative smooth ride three day pass 10 and u can go all along the light at night to fleetwood... More 

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

love the tramway especially at Christmas when the train and boat are lit up, the trams are clean and tidy and conductors helpful, maybe a little pricey but worth it when its raining

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Chirk, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Great tram ride and value for money.Nice way to travell up the coast,stopped off in cleavleys and Fleetwood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 via mobile

Excellent, clean, prompt!! Nice way to travel. Only £2 each from north to south piers - bargain. Loads cheaper than a taxi

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

I hadn't visited blackpool for a few years and was surprised at the revamp the trams had. they were very clean and the conductors treat you like old friends. I expected the fares to be really high but they were very reasonable

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burnley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Took our 2yr old grandson on his first tram. Brought back memories from over thirty years ago with our daughter. The trams are fast, clean, efficient and a lovely wY to travel.we went all the way from Starr gate to fleetwood ferry. Loved it.

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

Thank you very much for your comments, we are glad you had a pleasant experience. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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