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“A lot better 8 months on”
Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #1 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 April 30, 2013

Can I please say that this has improved leaps and bounds over 8 moths, there are now more trams in service and staff were very brilliant, as a wheelchair user my last experience was during the Illuminations and things did get hairy for travellers, my hopes are when it gets busy during the main Summer break, that there wasn't the awful wait for late trams and overcrowding, as it was during the Illuminations, late night trams just didn't seem to appear and when they did were full, so we couldn't get on, taxi's did well out of us, due to this, we did this last visit take up the 7 day travel pass for Trams and Buses, we worked out we mega saved doing this and is a very economical way to get around, pity more areas do not do more to do this. The only down side is the shelters, when it is windy and wet, they are not sheltering, these suffered during the recent high winds, a lot had the perspex blown out. Other than that it is praise to them.

Thank diane_warmington
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

fab service, very frequent, friendly staff, comfterble, ran late at night and great to get you along prommenade

Thank Cheryl W
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

This now smooth slick operation is an asset to Blackpool. The trams are new and the service run very efficiently. Lovely way to travel to Cleveleys and beyond to Fleetwood.

Thank jaxw
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Reliable prompt service, great value for money if you buy a rover ticket, friendly helpful staff. Safe clean comfortable carriages.

Thank Joan J
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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.

Thank Booboocat
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