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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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One of the few tramways left in England

On our visit to Blackpool this last time we spent quite a long time travelling up and down the full length of the tramway. It is a lovely nostalgic experience. When I was a boy... read more

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

On our visit to Blackpool this last time we spent quite a long time travelling up and down the full length of the tramway. It is a lovely nostalgic experience. When I was a boy there were lots of trams in various cities. Blackpool is one of the few that still boast one.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

I think blackpool is not exciting anymore without the old trams they should bring them back they are what makes blackpool or let people go and see the old trams in a muesum

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Blackpool tramway was clean, frequent and reliable, however they were very busy and packed at times, even in April.

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Greenock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

friendly staff tell you all you need to know about best tickets to buy that's suits you very clean trams would recommend them to everybody

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Rochdale
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Blackpool Tramway stopped allowing out of town Now Cards free travel. Only cards issued by Blackpool are allowed. This is because many issuing authorities refused to reimburse Blackpool Transport for tram rides on the premise that Now Cards are BUS passes NOT tram passes. The system is a business at the end of the day and the company lost a... More 

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Aberdeen, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The trams are sleek, smooth, regular and clean. Very friendly and helpful staff. Good value for money too.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Very handy as straight across from hotel and never had to wait long, not expensive for tickets and you could also buy a day travelling ticket and could pop on and off.

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Ringwood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Love the Trams and always travel on them when in Blackpool what is better than sitting on a tram and going somewhere. I love the feeling as makes it feel Old fashioned and that You can go anywhere and do anything. All the places you can visit. When I was there last September I bought a week Long unlimited ticket... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

We bought 3 day passes for £10.50 each, which covered trams (except the older heritage trams) and buses all the way from South Shore up to Fleetwood. You just buy the pass on the tram. We thought it was very good value and used the trams throughout our 3 day stay. My husband enjoyed being able to have a good... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Having not been to Blackpool for a long time, was not sure of the service the trams would provide. Very pleasantly surprised. Trams clean and punctual. Bought three day pass and definitely got our money's worth

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