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“Trams!!”
Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #1 of 83 things to do in Blackpool
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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 April 22, 2013

I love the trams. You can go from Blackpool to Fleetwood takes about 45 minutes. Fleetwood has a market which is great for bargains. There is also a port, great to watch the boats come and go. Tip buy a tramway day pass, you can then go up and down the golden miles by tram all day long.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Caught the tram from Star to the Tower, took about 10mins. Price £2:00 orfree with the 'Gold' card. Maximum price £2:80 from Star to Fleetwood. But you can buy saver tickets. What made the journey enjoyable was the conductors, they were happy, talkative informative and always explained the best tickets to buy. Each journey they seem to make it an outing. It nice to see conductors enjoying their work. If we had had the time we would have done the whole trip both ways to watch and hear the world go buy.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Nice, clean, very modern but a little pricey. Saver tickets are the best value if you are doing more than a single/return trip.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

Took mum in law to Blackpool in her wheelchair. Not all attractions are wheelchair friendly but what a great change this was. There is no step to get up and once on, the trams are clean and airy. Best of all by far is the service from the conductor. He helped us get the wheelchair on and positioned us in a safe place so we could see out. The tram was very quiet and he took time to point out some landmarks to us. What a polite man he was, just like service used to be. Apologies, if I have got it wrong but I think he said his name was Johnathan. We were so impressed, we told everyone in our hotel. Mum sends her best regards to this conductor who made her day.

Overall a very pleasant stay in Blackpool. Shame weather wasn't nice.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

Spend 2 hours going from Star to Fleetwood and Back , new trams are extremely disabled friendly but lack the character of the heritage trams. £3-50p advance or £4-50p on board for a day rover ticket, and lots to see.

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