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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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great way to travel

Great way to travel along blackpool front and all the way to the outlet shopping area. We used it constantly for a full day so was worth the £5 each

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Great way to travel along blackpool front and all the way to the outlet shopping area. We used it constantly for a full day so was worth the £5 each

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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The tram is cheap, convenient and really easy! Shelters are dotted all across the front and run every few minutes.

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

There's plenty of trams and buses to take you all round blackpool and outer areas. Best to get a three day or seven/ family ticket which allows you freedom on buses and trams, as it can become expensive on the one day/ single journey tickets,

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great addition to sea front and good price. Well worth a trip on. I used it from its start up to the tower and it was painless.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

The trams run regular and are clean and comfy a day ticket will get you along from one end of golden mile to the otber as many times as you want

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Very helpful for drivers. Trams ran frequently and on time. Very good value for money as could travel all day on one fare. Trams very clean. Excellent way to see blackpool and surrounding area.

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Chepstow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great new trams, loved them. A must when visiting blackpool. Nice and clean and lovely friendly staff....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great service on both trams and buses and conductors/drivers courteous and very helpful when advice was sought. Found both very clean and hassle free

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hertfordshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great service running every 10/15min 7 days a week. Nice & clean helpful staff. A mix of new, old and open top trams. Great experience

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Essex, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great shame more seaside towns dont have one £10 Family ticket unlimited travel on the modern trams or buses if you must, from early in the morning till very late at night, Long may it last

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