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Public transport disruption today as service 14 is diverted away from Blackpool Road

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In addition there will be bus replacement services today between Blackpool North and Preston.

 

This morning, Blackpool Transport confirmed that there is disruption to the service 14 bus today, one of the main bus services across the Fylde coast.

Service 14 is diverting through Poulton today and cannot serve any stops along Blackpool Road up to the Castle Gardens.

In a tweet at 8:04 am, Blackpool Transport said: “Due to works on the level crossing at Carleton, service 14 is having to divert through Poulton until further notice, we cannot serve any stops along Blackpool Road up to the Castle Gardens. Apologies for any inconvenience and we will update once clear.”

Also adding to the public tdisruption in the area, bus replacements are in operation today between Blackpool North and Preston, as the Blackpool North and Kirkham & Wesham lines are closed for engineering works until 2pm.

 

 

Blackpool Transport announces price hikes of up to £2 for all bus and tram fares

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The cost of bus tickets in Blackpool is about to go up, as Blackpool Transport has announced across-the-board price hikes for all customers due to the financial impact of Covid-19.

From January 16, people travelling on Blackpool Transport buses can expect to pay between 30p and £2 extra for their ticket, with small discounts available for people who purchase online or via the company’s app.

Jane Cole, managing director at Blackpool Transport, said: “We always strive to offer great value travel to our customers and despite some changes, travelling by public transport still remains the most cost-effective way of getting around the Fylde Coast.

“As a business we have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and as costs rise, like many other businesses, we’re having to make some changes. We lowered almost all of our prices in August 2020 to help key workers and those travelling with us, so these changes mostly restore the prices that we held in 2019 and will help to sustain our position as one of the UK’s best public transport providers.”

The cost of bus and tram fares will increase on January 16, Blackpool Transport has announced

The cost of bus and tram fares will increase on January 16, Blackpool Transport has announced

The changes will affect tickets for all age groups, except under-fives, who travel free.

The cost of single tickets will increase by 20p for adults and 10p for children aged five to 15-years-old.

Day tickets for adults will increase from £5.50 to £6 if purchased onboard, and £5.20 to £5.50 if purchased on the Blackpool Transport app, while three-day tickets will increase by from £12.50 to £15, or £11.50 to £13.50 via the app. The cost of a seven-day ticket will increase from £15.50 to £17 onboard, and £14.50 to £15.50 online.

Day-long tickets for young people aged 16 to 24 will increase from £3.80 to £4.20 onboard, and £3.20 to £3.70 via the app, while seven-day tickets will go from £14 to £15.

Ticket costs for adults and groups

Ticket costs for adults and groups

Children’s tickets will see the smallest price hike, going from £1.20 for a single ticket to £1.30.

Further increases will also be brought in for family and group tickets, with costs rising between £1.50 and £2.

Tram fares are also set to rise, from £2.10 for a single and £4 for a return, to £2.60 and £4.50 respectively.

A Blackpool Transport spokesman said: “Although our current prices are changing… many of our fares are still lower than they were in August 2019 (prior to the coronavirus pandemic). Our customers can benefit from a smaller price increase and in some cases, no increase at all, when they use the BPL app for their travel.

Tickets for young people and children

Tickets for young people and children

“We hope that our customers understand that as we continue to recover and grow from the impact that Covid-19 has had on our business we need to increase some of our fares, however, most of these new fares are still relatively lower than they were before the pandemic hit.”

They added: Although our fare prices are changing, we are still committed to ensuring our customers get the best value travel. With our great range of saver tickets and lowest prices guaranteed on the BPL app we are confident that there is a ticket suitable for each customer’s individual travel habits and needs.”

 

Fleetwood’s transport fest Tram Sunday to return this year

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One of the Fylde coast’s most popular events is set to make a return for the first time in two years.

 

The SpareParts Festival has added an extra dimension to Tram Sunday

The SpareParts Festival has added an extra dimension to Tram Sunday

Fleetwood Festival of Transport, most commonly known as Tram Sunday, is due to be staged in the town on Sunday July 17.

The colourful spectacle combines major displays of classis cars, buses, motorbikes and trams with the eccentric SpareParts Festival, involving street theatre and a bizarre transport-themed parade.

One of the most memorable episodes from previous years was a dance of giant yellow diggers on Fleetwood beach.

Unfortunately the coronavirus epidemic put paid to the festival over the past two years -but now its back.

Terry Rogers, who took over as festival chairman last year, says the team is determined to make this year’s festival worth the wait.

But he says new volunteers are needed to help ensure the event, which has been running for more than 30 years, can safely go ahead.

He said: “We are looking for volunteers to undertake a variety of roles.

“We will need stewards and people who can deliver First Aid but they will be fully trained and coordinated so that they know exactly what is happening and what they need to do on the day.”

Terry said the absence of the event for two years meant that festival organisers were having to start from scratch in many ways.

He said: “We need to know how many vehicle owners are still exhibiting. We have to approve potential sponsors and talk with the various stakeholders such as Blackpol Transport – but we are back!”

Anyone interested in volunteering can email Terry at fusilier6447@my.com or visit the Fleetwood Festival of Transport Facebook site.

 

 

Blackpool Tramtown’s future depends on £1.6m appeal

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The clock is ticking on £1.6m plans to restore the roof at Blackpool’s heritage tram depot – with volunteers estimating they have just two years to raise the cash.

 

But enthusiasts, who have already launched the Tramtown museum at the site on Hopton Road, are determined to save this nationally important treasure trove of transport history.

Weekly tours at Tramtown have already proved a sell-out, prompting the launch of two tours a week in January with plans to ramp up visitor numbers by the summer with tours five days a week.

Revenue will go towards a £100,000 fundraising target with further bids set to be submitted to funding sources including the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Levelling Up Fund for the bulk of the cash needed.

Heritage trams on display at Tramtown

Heritage trams on display at Tramtown

There are 70 vintage trams housed on the site, of which 32 are operational with the rest in various states of repair.

Some will never run again – including favourites such as The Rocket whose rear-door access means passengers must board from the track, something rail regulators will not allow.

But volunteers have been astonished by the level of interest in the trams, with groups from as far as Spain and France, and from across the UK having already taken tours.

Coun Paul Galley, chairman of Blackpool Transport, who is spearheading the museum project, warned: “The clock is ticking on the roof of the depot as we only have a couple of years before it is condemned.”
The illuminated Rocket Tram on display

The illuminated Rocket Tram on display

That’s what has given the impetus to get tours up and running now to raise money and prove there is demand for a tram museum.

Coun Galley said: “The problem is we have got an old depot with a roof that’s got lots of holes in it.

“The solution is we’ve got lots of people with an interest in the trams of Blackpool.

“We wanted to mobilise all that interest and support into creating a visitor attraction which will ultimately allow us to raise the money to restore the roof and make sure we have still got these trams in another 100 years.

The depot is in desperate need of repair

The depot is in desperate need of repair

“Every tour we have offered has sold out and people have come from all over the world to visit the site.

“Most pleasing is we have had a lot of people who aren’t tram enthusiasts but love the trams of Blackpool, and they want to come and see their own particular favourites and where they live.

“That has given us the confidence to invest in the site and leave this great legacy, because we know the interest is out there and it will be a sustainable attraction.”

The dedicated volunteers include people retired from careers in engineering or the rail industry, who are lovingly restoring the vintage vehicles.

One of the trams awaiting restoration

One of the trams awaiting restoration

Tasks range from the rebuilding of an entire metal undercarriage to meticulously hand painting outer panels.

In the workshop, tools are still used which are almost 100 years old.

Meanwhile one volunteer shares her dream of converting a disused tram into a visitor cafe.

Although a fledgling museum, there is already a visitor shop, plans for a garden, and the potential to link the attraction with the town centre Showtown Museum when it opens in 2023.

Volunteer Brandon Howarth, 17, from Bispham, who looks after the shop, said: “I was only about four years old when the need to protect the heritage fleet became known.

“At that age it was the Illuminated trams which caught my attention, especially the Western Tram.

“It’s great to see so many visitors on the tours of the museum including from abroad, and hopefully we can continue to develop the project and protect the trams for the future.”

Exhibits include the famous boat trams (so popular that two operate as tourist attractions in San Francisco), while Blackpool is one of only two or three places in the world including Hong Kong to operate double decker trams.

The famous Illuminated trams are funded by Blackpool Transport rather than from the council’s £2m annual Lights budget.

Sadly a handful can only be seen in the depot – such as the Rocket, and the Hovertram, built in the 1960s and which was sponsored by Shell in its heyday but will now cost at least £250,000 to restore.

But who knows – hopefully this wave of love for Blackpool’s trams will make Tramtown a roaring success, and maybe help get some of these old-timers back on the tracks.

 

 

Blackpool bus change to benefit 10 million people each year

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Similar displays are planned for key bus stops around the town

 

The new display on Market Street
The new display on Market Street

Passengers can now get real time information on whether their bus is on time from a screen installed at Blackpool’s Market Street bus hub – with plans to install further digital technology around the town.

The first screen, inside a shop window, displays live travel times for Blackpool Transport (BTS) and Stagecoach services.

Previously the information was only available via the BTS and Stagecoach smartphone apps.

Now transport chiefs hope to roll out further signage displaying real-time information for the 10 million passengers who travel by bus in the resort each year.

Displays are planned for key bus stops around the town, while free-standing totem screens will be installed round the new tram terminal, set to open next year on Talbot Road.

These will be interactive and display live travel information for buses, trains and trams, as well as maps, points of interest and other public messaging.

Coun Neal Brookes, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the first screen on Market Street showed “the potential of the technology, which we’re keen to roll out elsewhere. “

He added: “Our goal is to have real-time information in the street across multiple areas so that people can have more certainty about their journey, make the best use of their time and ultimately get where they need to be in Blackpool.”

Jane Cole, managing director at BTS, said: “This is the next step in making bus travel even more accessible than ever before and the digital screen will be an excellent journey planning tool for our customers.

“Displaying live bus departure times means customers can make informed travel plans and builds on our existing real-time information available in our app and website.”

Matt Davies, managing director for Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “Ensuring customers have easy and convenient access to bus service information will help us encourage more people to confidently make the switch from cars to buses.”

 

 

Real time bus information screens to be rolled out in Blackpool

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Passengers can now get real time information on whether their bus is on time from a screen installed at Blackpool’s Market Street bus hub – with plans to install further digital technology around the town.

 

The first screen, inside a shop window, displays live travel times for Blackpool Transport (BTS) and Stagecoach services.

Previously the information was only available via the BTS and Stagecoach smartphone apps.

Now transport chiefs hope to roll out further signage displaying real-time information for the 10 million passengers who travel by bus in the resort each year.

The first screen installed in Market Street

The first screen installed in Market Street

Displays are planned for key bus stops around the town, while free-standing totem screens will be installed round the new tram terminal, set to open next year on Talbot Road.

These will be interactive and display live travel information for buses, trains and trams, as well as maps, points of interest and other public messaging.

Coun Neal Brookes, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for transport, said the first screen on Market Street showed “the potential of the technology, which we’re keen to roll out elsewhere. “

He added: “Our goal is to have real-time information in the street across multiple areas so that people can have more certainty about their journey, make the best use of their time and ultimately get where they need to be in Blackpool.”

Jane Cole, managing director at BTS, said: “This is the next step in making bus travel even more accessible than ever before and the digital screen will be an excellent journey planning tool for our customers.

“Displaying live bus departure times means customers can make informed travel plans and builds on our existing real-time information available in our app and website.”

Matt Davies, managing director for Stagecoach Merseyside and South Lancashire, said: “Ensuring customers have easy and convenient access to bus service information will help us encourage more people to confidently make the switch from cars to buses.”

 

 

Trams cancelled between North Pier and Fleetwood due to ‘unsafe buildings on Blackpool Promenade’

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‘Unsafe buildings on Blackpool Promenade’ caused a number of tram services to be cancelled and the road to be closed for safety reasons.

 

Blackpool Transport said the decision was taken to cancel the trams this morning (November 29) following “instruction from the police for safety reasons”.

A tram replacement bus – which will “run as closely to the tramway as possible” – will be available between Pleasant Street and Fleetwood.

The replacement service will run every 30 minutes and will be in addition to the Service 1, which also runs every 30 minutes.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “We’re working as hard as we can during unplanned circumstances to offer the best possible service with the resources we have available,” a spokesman for Blackpool Transport said.

” Please allow extra time for your journeys and treat our teams with respect, they’re also battling with the difficult situation and doing their best.”

The replacement tram service will only operate as far as Pleasant Street due to increased congestion on Dickson Road caused by the closure of the promenade.

“We will review the situation and operate as close to the town centre as possible once traffic stabilises,” the spokesman added.

'Unsafe buildings on Blackpool Promenade' caused a number of tram services to be cancelled

‘Unsafe buildings on Blackpool Promenade’ caused a number of tram services to be cancelled

Blackpool Council also reminded motorists that road closures remained in place between Bank Street and Talbot Square “following damage caused by storm Arwen”.

Springfield Road was also closed between the promenade and Abingdon Street.

The disruption comes after a number of bricks plummeted to the ground falling from a building opposite the Metropole hotel on Friday, November 26.

Bricks littered the ground after falling off the front of the building on Friday, November 26 (Picture: The Gazette)

Bricks littered the ground after falling off the front of the building on Friday, November 26 (Picture: The Gazette)

Firefighters from the resort’s Forest Gate station helped with a “small number of evacuations from adjoining properties”, the fire service said.

Electronic signs dotted around the resort warned of the emergency, which came after hours of strong winds of up to 60mph.

 

 

Blackpool trams still cancelled ‘after workers checking crumbling building spot problems on Metropole hotel opposite’

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The Promenade reopened to road traffic yesterday after a crumbling building damaged by Storm Arwen on Friday night was declared safe.

 

But the tramway will remain closed after workers examining the wind-blasted building on the corner of Springfield Road spotted problems with the Victorian Metropole hotel opposite, a council spokeswoman said.

More information has been requested, but the problem is thought to involve the structure’s roof.

Buses will replace the trams between Pleasant Street and Fleetwood every 30 minutes.

Damage to the building on the corner of Springfield Road and the Prom in Blackpool on Friday night

Damage to the building on the corner of Springfield Road and the Prom in Blackpool on Friday night

Meanwhile, both the town centre’s Christmas trees, in Bickerstaffe Square and St John’s Square, will be replaced after being toppled and wrecked by 60mph winds.

Britannia, which runs the Metropole, home to hundreds of asylum seekers, has been approached for a comment.

 

 

Changes to Blackpool tram services as roadworks begin on North Pier tracks

Some temporary changes to tram services will be put in place by Blackpool Transport today.

 

Part of the southbound route is expected to remain closed for up to six days

Part of the southbound route is expected to remain closed for up to six days

The southbound tracks between Cabin and North Pier will be closed until Saturday, December 5, while roadworks are carried out. People travelling south from The Cliffs, Gynn Square, Wilton Parade or Pleasant Street must board fro the northbound stop.

Trams will run every 20 minutes between 8am and 4pm to minimise disruption, after which time they will run every 15 minutes until closing.

 

 

Thursday’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels services to Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

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Some tram journeys have been cancelled between Blackpool and Fleetwood today (Thursday, November 25) due to Blackpool’s Transport’s ongoing driver shortage.

 

A total of 8 tram services have so far been cancelled today as Blackpool Transport struggles to find enough crews to run its fleet of trams.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding during difficult times,” a spokesman said.

Services were also affected yesterday evening (Wednesday, November 24) after a man was struck by a tram in Anchorsholme.

Blackpool Transport described the collision as a ‘major accident’ and a man remains in a serious condition in hospital today.

Thursday’s cancelled tram services

11.45am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

12.48pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

2.05pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

3.00pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.53pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

9.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

10.20pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

11.23pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

Man seriously injured after being struck by tram in Anchorsholme

Normoss Road Closure

Until Friday (November 26) – affecting routes 2, 20 and 75.

Due to a closure on Normoss Road, services 2, 20 and 75 will be diverting between 9am to 4pm daily between Tuesday (November 23) and Friday (November 26).

Service 2 – The service 2 northbound will use its normal route to the hospital, then divert via St Walburgas Road, Poulton Road, Garstang Road West before returning to its normal route at Hardhorn Road.

Travelling southbound, the service 2 will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 20 – Travelling to Staining, service 20 will use its normal route to Victoria Hospital then divert via East and South Park Drive, Preston New Road, Mythop Road, Chain Lane and terminate at Staining.

Travelling to Blackpool, the service will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 75 – This service will use its normal route to Poulton, then divert using Garstang Road East, Lodge Lane, Station Road before resuming its normal route at Weeton Road.

 

 

Blackpool’s newest attraction forced to add more tours due to popularity

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Every tour has so far sold out, with more than 250 paying customers

 

Launch event at Tramtown
Launch event at Tramtown

More than 250 people have visited Blackpool’s newest attraction Tramtown in its first month – prompting organisers to schedule additional tours from January.

Visitors can currently join guided tours of the heritage tram depot on Rigby Road on Wednesdays in return for a donation towards the roof restoration fund for the building.

The venture was launched at the end of September by volunteers, with plans in the long term to establish a modern visitor centre to tell the history of the trams in Blackpool.

Every tour has so far sold out, with more than 250 paying customers including residents and visitors from across the UK.

Chairman of the Board of Blackpool Transport Coun Paul Galley said: “After so much work by so many brilliant volunteers, we are over the moon with just how popular the attraction is proving.

“I want to thank everyone that has visited, all of the volunteers and Blackpool Transport staff for making this possible.

“It has been so successful we have had to open extra days and will be expanding the number of days we open permanently in the new year.”

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said: “While it is one of Blackpool’s newest attractions, it is also one of Blackpool’s oldest buildings, built in the mid 1930s.

“Its role is crucial in looking after our heritage trams but we want to go further than that and use the building to support the regeneration of the Foxhall area, and crucially support the community by offering volunteering and skills opportunities.”

Guided walking tours to Tramtown are available every Wednesday and from January will be available on Mondays and Saturdays at 11am.

 

 

Wednesday’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels services between Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

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More tram journeys have been cancelled between Blackpool and Fleetwood today (Wednesday, November 24) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

A number of tram services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding during difficult times,” a spokesman said.

Wednesday’s cancelled tram services

6.38pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

7.19pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

8.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

8.30pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood
A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

A number of services have been cancelled for this evening as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams

9.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

9.33pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

10.50pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

11.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

Bus updates

Bispham Library Bus stop – Due to works in the area, the service 9 southbound Bispham Library bus stop is not in use until tomorrow (Wednesday, November 24).

Passengers can board at Bispham Village or Moor Park Pool stop.

Normoss Road Closure

Until Friday (November 26) – affecting routes 2, 20 and 75.

Due to a closure on Normoss Road, services 2, 20 and 75 will be diverting between 9am to 4pm daily between Tuesday (November 23) and Friday (November 26).

Service 2 – The service 2 northbound will use its normal route to the hospital, then divert via St Walburgas Road, Poulton Road, Garstang Road West before returning to its normal route at Hardhorn Road.

Travelling southbound, the service 2 will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 20 – Travelling to Staining, service 20 will use its normal route to Victoria Hospital then divert via East and South Park Drive, Preston New Road, Mythop Road, Chain Lane and terminate at Staining.

Travelling to Blackpool, the service will use this diversion in reverse.

Service 75 – This service will use its normal route to Poulton, then divert using Garstang Road East, Lodge Lane, Station Road before resuming its normal route at Weeton Road.

 

 

More tours confirmed as Blackpool’s new Tramtown attraction sells out in its first month

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More than 250 people have visited Blackpool’s newest attraction Tramtown in its first month – prompting organisers to schedule additional tours from January.

 

Visitors can currently join guided tours of the heritage tram depot on Rigby Road on Wednesdays in return for a donation towards the roof restoration fund for the building.

The venture was launched at the end of September by volunteers, with plans in the long term to establish a modern visitor centre to tell the history of the trams in Blackpool.

Every tour has so far sold out, with more than 250 paying customers including residents and visitors from across the UK.

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams at the launch of Tramtown

Council leader Coun Lynn Williams at the launch of Tramtown

Chairman of the Board of Blackpool Transport Coun Paul Galley said: “After so much work by so many brilliant volunteers, we are over the moon with just how popular the attraction is proving.

“I want to thank everyone that has visited, all of the volunteers and Blackpool Transport staff for making this possible.

“It has been so successful we have had to open extra days and will be expanding the number of days we open permanently in the new year.”

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said: “While it is one of Blackpool’s newest attractions, it is also one of Blackpool’s oldest buildings, built in the mid 1930s.

The launch of Tramtown

The launch of Tramtown

“Its role is crucial in looking after our heritage trams but we want to go further than that and use the building to support the regeneration of the Foxhall area, and crucially support the community by offering volunteering and skills opportunities.”

Guided walking tours to Tramtown are available every Wednesday and from January will be available on Mondays and Saturdays at 11am.

Tours can be booked by going to https://blackpoolheritage.com/If you are interested in volunteering at Tramtown call Coun Paul Galley on 07904 121616 or email paul.galley@blackpool.gov.uk

As part of the ongoing fundraising towards the new roof of the Tram depot, donations can be made by going to: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/vital-funds-to-continue-running-heritage-trams/backers#start

 

 

This evening’s cancelled tram services between Blackpool and Fleetwood

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More tram journeys have been cancelled between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood today (Monday, November 22) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

A number of tram services have been cancelled this evening Monday (November 22) as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding during difficult times,” a spokesman said.

This evening’s cancelled tram services (Monday, November 22)

7.19pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

8.30pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.33pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Transport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Transport

Bus updates

Bispham Library Bus stop – Due to works in the area, the service 9 southbound Bispham Library bus stop is not in use until Wednesday (November 24).

Passengers can board at Bispham Village or Moor Park Pool stop.

 

 

Sunday’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels more services to Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

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More tram journeys have been cancelled between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood today (Sunday, November 21) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

20 tram services have been cancelled throughout Sunday (November 21) as Blackpool Transport struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause and thank you for your understanding during difficult times,” a spokesman said.

Today’s cancelled tram services (Sunday, November 21)

08:45 Starr Gate – Fleetwood

09:48 Fleetwood – Starr Gate

11:00 Starr Gate – Fleetwood

12:03 Fleetwood – Starr Gate

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Transport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Transport

17:23 Starr Gate – Little Bispham

17:53 Starr Gate – Little Bispham

18:04 Little Bispham – Fleetwood

18:30 Starr Gate – Fleetwood

18:34 Little Bispham- Starr Gate

19:00 Starr Gate – Fleetwood

19:33 Fleetwood – Starr Gate

19:45 Starr Gate – Fleetwood

20:03 Fleetwood – Starr Gate

20:48 Fleetwood – Starr Gate

20:53 Starr Gate – Little Bispham

21:34 Little Bispham – Starr Gate

22:10 Starr Gate – Little Bispham

22:49 Little Bispham – Starr Gate

23:30 Starr Gate – Little Bispham

00:10 Little Bispham – Starr Gate

 

 

Wednesday’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels further services to Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

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More tram journeys have been cancelled between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood today (Wednesday, November 17) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

A total of 18 services have been cancelled by Blackpool Transport today, as the Council-owned operator struggles to find staff to run its fleet of trams.

Today’s affected tram services (Wednesday, November 17)

6.30am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

7.33am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.15am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.18am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

9.45am – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

10.48am – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

12.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

1.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

3.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

4.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

6.53pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

7.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

8.15pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.18pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

8.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.03pm- Fleetwood to Starr Gate

10.50pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

11.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

Town centre night diversions

There are also a number of diversions in place due to overhead tram wire work on Talbot Road.

Services 2, 2C, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 14 will divert between 10pm – 5am from Monday, November 15 to Friday, November 19.

Services 2 & 2C from Abingdon St will divert via Springfield Road, Promenade, Talbot Square, Clifton St, Abingdon St (St Johns Square) and normal route at Grosvenor St.

These services will not divert on their return route to town.

Services 3 & 4 northbound will leave Abingdon St diverting via Queen St, and continue normal route at Dickson Road.

Travelling southbound, the services will use their normal route to Dickson Road then divert via Springfield Drive, Promenade, Talbot Square, Clifton St, St Johns Square, Caunce Street and continue normal service at Grosvenor St.

Services 5, 7, 9, & 14 travelling northbound will use their normal route to Clifton St, then divert via St Johns Square, Cookson Street and return to normal route at Talbot Road.

Travelling southbound these services will use their normal route to Talbot Road, then divert via Buchanan St, Grosvenor St, Church St, St Johns Square, Springfield Road, promenade, Talbot Square and continue normal route at Market Street.

Service 6 travelling northbound will use its normal route to Clifton St, then divert via Abingdon St, Caunce St and continue its normal route at Grosvenor St.

Travelling southbound will use its normal route to Church St then divert via Abingdon St ( St Johns Square) Springfield Road, Promenade, Talbot Square and continue normal route at Market St.

 

 

Today’s tram updates as Blackpool Transport cancels more services to Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood

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A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today (Tuesday, November 16) due to an ongoing shortage of drivers.

 

Blackpool Transport said it has cancelled 12 of its evening services as it struggles with an ongoing driver shortage.

The full list can be found below.

This morning, the Council-owned operator tweeted: “If you’re catching a tram today, there are some cancellations due to staff sickness and shortages so please check ahead.

“Our Service 1 can be used as an alternative from Blackpool – Fleetwood too.”

From yesterday (Monday, November 15), the service 1 route has been extended and now operates between Blackpool town centre and Fleetwood’s Affinity Outlet shopping centre, off Amounderness Way and Dock Street.

Despite the ongoing driver shortage leading to tram cancellations, Blackpool Transport said: “We are able to do this as staffing levels improve and we hope we can continue this service for the foreseeable.”

You can view the updated timetable here.

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

Today’s affected tram services (Tuesday, November 16)

4.15pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

5.18pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

7.23pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

8.00pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

8.04pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

9.03pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

9.08pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

9.49pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

10.30pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

10.50pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

11.04pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

11.34pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

 

 

Blackpool Transport cancels tram services between Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood due to driver shortages

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A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers.

 

Blackpool Transport said it has cancelled a number of its evening services as it struggles with an ongoing driver shortage.

This morning, the Council-owned operator tweeted: “Due to a shortage in crews, our tram service will not be able to operate the following trips today.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause.”

But there is some good news for bus users. From today (Monday, November 15), Blackpool Transport said it will increase its service 1, meaning the bus will continue to run between Blackpool and Fleetwood every day of the week going forward.

You can view the updated timetable here.

Today’s affected tram services (Monday, November 15)

5.38pm Starr Gate – Little Bispham

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

6.19pm Little Bispham – Starr Gate

6.38pm Starr Gate – Little Bispham

7pm Starr Gate – Fleetwood Ferry

7.19pm Little Bispham – Starr Gate

8.03pm Fleetwood Ferry – Starr Gate

8.30pm Starr Gate – Fleetwood

9.33pm Fleetwood – Starr Gate

10.10pm Starr Gate – Little Bispham

10.49pm Little Bispham – Starr Gate

11.30pm Starr Gate – Little Bispham

12.10am Little Bispham – Starr Gate

 

 

Blackpool Transport cancels tram services between Starr Gate, Bispham and Fleetwood due to driver shortages

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A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers.

 

Blackpool Transport said it has cancelled four of its evening services as it struggles with an ongoing driver shortage.

This morning, the Council-owned operator tweeted: “Due to a shortage in crews, our tram service will not be able to operate the following trips today.

“18:38 Starr Gate – Little Bispham, 19:19 Little Bispham – Starr Gate, 20:30 Starr Gate – Fleetwood, 21:33 Fleetwood – Starr Gate.

“We apologise for the inconveniences this may cause.”

But there is some good news for bus users. From today (Monday, November 15), Blackpool Transport said it will increase its service 1, meaning the bus will continue to run between Blackpool and Fleetwood every day of the week going forward.

You can view the updated timetable here.

Today’s affected tram services (Monday, November 15)

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

A number of tram journeys between Starr Gate, Little Bispham and Fleetwood have been cancelled today due to a shortage of drivers, say Blackpool Tranport

6.38pm – Starr Gate to Little Bispham

7.19pm – Little Bispham to Starr Gate

8.30pm – Starr Gate to Fleetwood

9.33pm – Fleetwood to Starr Gate

 

 

Car ‘gets stuck’ after being ‘driven onto tram tracks’ near Lidl in Cleveleys

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A car reportedly became stranded after it was driven onto the tram tracks in Cleveleys.

 

The car allegedly became stuck on the Anchorsholme Lane tram stop in Kelso Avenue at approximately 2.15pm today (October 19).

Pictures from the scene show the silver car – which appears to have been travelling towards Cleveleys – managed to park away from the tracks and onto the platform.

Blackpool Transport and Lancashire Police have been approached for comment.

The car allegedly became stuck on the Anchorsholme Lane tram stop in Kelso Avenue.

The car allegedly became stuck on the Anchorsholme Lane tram stop in Kelso Avenue.

Pictures from the scene show the silver car managed to park away from the tracks and onto the platform.

Pictures from the scene show the silver car managed to park away from the tracks and onto the platform.