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Old 19th June 2010, 04:11   #1
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At the end of August, or start of September, and possibly also early next month, I will be heading to Blackpool for a day. Naturally, I would like to travel on the tram up to Fleetwood and back, especially for the July one because I will be with my father and he would like to do it as well.

I have found an all-day ticket valid for buses and trams available for 6, or 5 as a Plusbus-esque ticket exclusively valid on Blackpool Transport services. This would probably suit my father, as we would be travelling via Preston and I would insist on going by train (see if I can break that 180 duck of mine!). But, as many of you will know, I have a concessionary bus pass, which renders the bus section useless. Is there any cheaper alternative than this 5/6 day ticket, valid exclusively on the tram? Also, why do single fares seem to be calculated using bus fare systems (i.e. half-mile fare stages)? Is the tram effectively a bus on rails (a decent one, unlike Pacers!), or does it have proper tram "stations" along the way?
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Old 19th June 2010, 10:55   #2
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No, that is the only option for use as a one day tram rover.

Incidentally, I am told that those trams which are not staying on the system on account of the new fleet arriving will start to be removed as soon as the illuminations season is over this year, so for those who need to clear any outstanding haulages and photos - make the most of this summer.

There is, I think, an open day planned at Rigby Road ( which will mean a photo oppotrtunity regarding the mothballed trams ) but I can't remember the date of it.
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Old 19th June 2010, 20:32   #3
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But, as many of you will know, I have a concessionary bus pass, which renders the bus section useless.
Yes, only Lancashire concessionary bus pass holders can use the trams for free.

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Is there any cheaper alternative than this 5/6 day ticket, valid exclusively on the tram?
No, although if your staying a few days it may be worth puchasing a 3 Day Travelcard at 15.50 see www.blackpooltransport.com/tickets/tcard.html. PLUSBUS is NOT valid on trams.

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Also, why do single fares seem to be calculated using bus fare systems (i.e. half-mile fare stages)? Is the tram effectively a bus on rails (a decent one, unlike Pacers!), or does it have proper tram "stations" along the way?
No most are just stops (which look like something like this www.thetrams.co.uk/blackpool/pictures/001753). And yes fares are calculated by stages although I believe there is now a flat central zone fare of 1.60 single between the Pleasure Beach and North Pier. Return fares are not available. Basically in Blackpool the trams generally cost more than the buses because they know they can make more money out of them!

It does get quite expensive to keep buying singles so I would suggest buying the travelcard. You can buy the one day travelcard for 6.00 on the tram. Or the three day versions from the Blackpool Transport office, tourist information centres or paypoint newsagents!
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Once the new trams have arrived, how regularly will the vintage ones run - are the Flexity trams going to operate all services, or will they be used on 'commuter' runs, with tourist oriented services still operated by vintage trams?
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Once the new trams have arrived, how regularly will the vintage ones run - are the Flexity trams going to operate all services, or will they be used on 'commuter' runs, with tourist oriented services still operated by vintage trams?
It's not really finalised yet. However I believe the full route services (Fleetwood - Starr Gate) are to be operated by the new trams. The vintage trams will most likely run between North Pier - Pleasure Beach in the Summer.
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I checked the date of the Rigby Road open day; it's 26th September.
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On Monday just gone (the 28th) I walked from Blackpool to Fleetwood and back. All running trams appeared to be single-deck.

Couldn't help but notice that all northbound trams were terminating at Cleveleys. There was no tram service at all between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

Also noticed engineers working on the system between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

At Fleetwood town centre, I noticed fencing right across the tramway and it looked like some sort of building work was going on. Also there were parked vehicles fouling the track in several places in Fleetwood town centre, as if the whole town was quite used to the fact that trams are not running there.

I saw a notice at the Westbourne Road tram stop on the way back about maintenence work from Nov '09 to April '10 on the sytem, but unsure why the Celeveleys-Fleetwood section was not running on Monday.

Is this because the long-term maintenance that started last year is still ongoing? Or was that section just closed temporarily?

Anyway, I took a few casual snaps as usual.

Tram at Blackpool


B&M tram terminated at Cleveleys town centre


The Orion Curve between Cleveleys and Anchorsholme. I wonder why they call it that?


Notice about maintenance


I noticed that quite a few of the stops employ bus-stop like signs


But, have to admire the the more grand designs of the Bispham stations




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I know that trams are not going to run through the centre of Fleetwood for the next 2 years due to modernisation/engineering works. I also knew that from last November they have only been running as far as Cleveleys, but I also thought that from April 10that they were due to begin running again as far as the edge of Fleetwood town centre.
However, looking at the the Blackpool Transport Website I notice that the timetable still shows the trams as terminating at Cleveleys. Does anyone know whether they will be running through to Fleetwood by the beginning of August when I will next be in Blackpool.
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Hopefully by July - The delay is caused by the Copper Fairies pinching the new overhead!
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Thanks for the info.

I found a relevant article here http://blackpoolaloud.org.uk/2010/06...-to-fleetwood/

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Since I went to Blackpool last Monday, I wished I'd had a closer look at the points on the tramway.

Does anyone know how they are operated? I really don't know much about trams. Is it similar to railway points, or are they somehow operated by the tram driver?

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It's OK, I found the answer here.

http://www.raib.gov.uk/cms_resources...re%20Beach.PDF

The system uses hand-operated points (operated by the conductor) with permission from the depot needed for any deviation from normal running.

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A fare for a Blackpool 'inclusive' ticket exists on railway issuing systems:

Blackpool North - Blackp & Bus Tour 9.80

Any idea what it covers?
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Not sure, theirs a Blackpool + Bus and Tram all day ticket which is whatever the Single/return cost of your rail journey is +5 for adult or 2.50 child
And a PLUSBUS unlimited bus for 3 extra.

Does 'bus tour' add some sort of sightseeing trip too?
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