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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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We used this service every day of our long weekend stay. Every member of staff was polite and helpful. Really helped to make our stay special.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

We used this service every day of our long weekend stay. Every member of staff was polite and helpful. Really helped to make our stay special.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

great way to get around. Plenty of stops. Easy access. Great value. Wheelchair friendly. Great way to site see

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Livingston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

easy access to town, longest wait was 15 minutes, very easy for disabled to use and get on and off, we had resort pass which is cheaper

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Cannock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Well what can I say well worth a trip on the teams we got a day ticket and you can use the trams or the buses all day so was well worth it we went from Blackpool to fleetwood market on the tram was nice to watch out of the window at all the hotels and beach that you miss... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Having ridden on the "old" trams a number of times, a trip on the "new" ones did not disappoint, clean with friendly staff and a great way to get around Blackpool and the surrounding area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The tram was right outside the hotel. It is a fast and economical why to move up and down the coast line especially if you do not have a car.

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Blackpool is a wonderful place to visit, lots to do and see. There are shows on the piers, very reasonably priced. The Sea Life center is well worth a visit. Blackpool Tower is amazing, worth a trip up there, then you are right near the shopping centre that has an extensive array of shops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Bought a weekly ticket and was not disappointed. Efficient and regular and very easy to use with a buggy. Staff were always helpful and knowledgeable about surrounding area

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

The tramway runs right by the all the main seafront attractions and stops outside or near them all. It also runs to Fleetwood and Cleveleys. The trams are very comfortable and provide next stop announcements and a great value for money over such a long distance.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

A short trip to Blackpool was certainly enhanced, thanks to the ultra-modern tramway. For £10 daily our family of four, including our six and four year old daughters, were able to explore Blackpool's promenade with ease. Great value and probably the friendliest ticket collectors in the UK!

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Address: Address: Rigby Road | Blackpool, Blackpool, England
Phone Number: +44 1253 37001
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Lancashire  >  Blackpool

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