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“good system”
Review of Blackpool Tramway

Blackpool Tramway
Ranked #1 of 81 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.
Tamworth, United Kingdom
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“good system”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

The trams are fast efficient and comfortable a vast improvement on the old outdated system good value for money for families

Visited November 2013
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18 reviews
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“Great for getting around”
Reviewed November 9, 2013 via mobile

We purchased seven day passes (which you can use on the Blackpool transport busses too) and well and truly got our money worth! Made travelling with older parents much easier. Staff fantastic and always made us smile! The light up trams although extra cost are fab too!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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“blackpool tramway”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

we always use the trams when in blackpool and have had great fun on them both going to the markets and pleasure beach and even going down the lights its an experience not to miss you can buy different tickets to accomodate your stay and can just get on and off to please yourself and unlike the buses they always tell you which stop is next in my view its the only way to travel in blackpool

Visited April 2013
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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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“Hold very tight please - ting, ting!”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

Great value way to get up and down the front - you must go all the way to Fleetwood to look at the massive market and to wander around this wonderful town so full of history. Don't forget to look out for the "fisherman's friend" factory - do you know how many flavours they make?
Good idea to buy a weekly or three day pass - can also be used on black & yellow buses - saves looking for change.
Even when busy and the trams get very full it was still an experience - the conductors are a whole new breed who take customer service to another level maintaining a great sense of humour and keeping order!

Visited October 2013
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Chipping Sodbury, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Blackpool for the Illuminations”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

What not to like? Pity that the Illuminations tours only pick-up at Starr Gate but as we had a private charter that problem was solved.

Visited November 2013
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