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“Out with the old”
Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #2 of 85 things to do in Blackpool
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Blackpool Transport is the proud operator of Blackpool's £100 million tramway. The four year project, which concluded in April 2012, saw the replacement of 11 miles of track, creation of a new depot and introduction of a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art trams. It has never been easier to travel across Blackpool and the Fylde coast, with faster journey times, easy access and integrated Blackpool1 tickets that give you unlimited use of the trams and Blackpool Transport bus network (excluding Heritage Trams). Our frequent and reliable tram service provides an energy efficient mode of transport connecting residents and visitors to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline between Starr Gate and Fleetwood. The trams have level boarding and step-free interiors and designated disabled/pushchair areas making them accessible to all. Our frequent and reliable service connects passengers to all major leisure, retail and businesses along the 11 mile stretch of coastline. Heritage Tram Tours operate on Public and School Holidays, most weekends during Spring/Summer/Autumn and on special events. Heritage Day tickets are available that allow unlimited use of both heritage and modern trams plus Blackpool Transport buses. Heritage Trams stop only at the specially marked Heritage Tram Stops at Pleasure Beach, North Pier/Tower, Cabin, Bispham*, Cleveleys* and Fleetwood Ferry* (*special event days only). 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.
Reviewed November 16, 2012

Was looking forward to travelling on the famous traditional trams on a recent visit to Blackpool, and was dissappointed when we arrived that the said trams were no longer in use and had been replaced with modern style trams. However I was pleased that the conductors were as happy and smiley as ever and made travelling on them very pleasant.

Thank Ian B
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

We were staying at the HIlton and needed to get to the Winter gardens and had intended to get a taxi but because of the illuminations traffic we realised that this wasn't a good idea, so we used the tram instead and I'm so pleased we did. The service was frequent and easy to use and much quicker than trying to use a car!

Thank jennilewes
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

The new trams are fantastic, comfortable, very quiet and speedy. It is a pleasure to travel on them.

Thank Gradgrind
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

There are new trams in Blackpool since my last visit. Much better for access on and off and must be so much better for people who live there, and use them for work etc. However, they are jam packed, not so many seats as the old ones, and although cleaner and no doubt more efficient, have lost the character of the old trams.

Thank Liz B
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

Use to love going on the trams from Starr Gate to Fleetwood rattleing along, but this year the trams have gone all modern or most of them ,I know things have to change with the times but to me the old trams where Blackpool and I think it is a shame they had to go.

Thank gina c
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