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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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Weekend break

Fast punctual and comfortable also fairly priced we used the service regularly due to myself suffering with bad knees

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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Crook, null, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Fast punctual and comfortable also fairly priced we used the service regularly due to myself suffering with bad knees

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Clean and comfortable. Great views of the coast. Day trip to Fleetwood recommended. Fantastic beach at Cleveleys too.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

quick frequent way to travel with easy access comfortable sitting and helpful conductors room for prams and wheelchairs without inconveniencing other travellers

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We were scheduled to go into town to watch the performance of Dirty Dancing at the Grand Theatre, so we decided to go by tram. Good price of £2.50 each without the hassle of having to park. Very comfortable clean, light and airy.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

£4.00 for an all day ticket from the corner shop, great service and comfort, loved it. Could travel all day, get on and off and all fro the same price, what more do you need?

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Stourbridge, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Blackpool Transport have changed their policy and do not accept Concession passes on the trams, only on the buses. It does not seem right that people from Lancashire can visit the West Midlands and use buses/trams/trains with their bus passes free of charge.

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Nullarbor, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

£2 each for myself and my partner to go from Blackpool Tower to Harrows Place- not bad really. Nice, bright, well kept trams and a very nice view from the windows, lots of seats and a nice comfortable ride... would definitely use again :)

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Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very pleasantly surprised when we visited Blackpool to see that they have lovely new trams. They are very bright, comfortable and efficient. They run on time and are very regular. What a difference. Xx

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

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

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Had a nice day out in Blackpool and ride along the sea front on the tram to fleetwood. Trams are nice and modern and nice views as you go along. Can get busy in the summer though.

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

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

Peterhead
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Tram staff always friendly and with tram pass great value. The trip to Fleetwood is now much faster in the new trams.

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

Thank you for your review of the tramway. We appreciate the feedback regarding the service and the ticket prices and we hope to see you again soon More 

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