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Blackpool bus ticket upgrade helped by council loan

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Councillors are being asked to rubber stamp a £550,000 loan to Blackpool Transport to cover the cost of installing a contactless ticketing system.

 

The system, which has cost £750,000 in total, has been fitted on all Blackpool Transport’s fleet of around 115 buses with plans to install it on the trams this summer.

Passengers can still pay using cash, but the contactless system means they can use bank cards or other device such as their phones.

There is also a ‘Tap & Go’ facility, similar to London’s Oyster card, whereby people tap their card or contactless device when boarding, tap with the same device when exiting, and they will be automatically charged the correct fare for their journey.

Blackpool buses now have a ticketless systemBlackpool buses now have a ticketless system

The council’s executive is being asked to approve the loan from the council’s £200m business loans fund when it meets on Monday (June 14).

Blackpool Transport, which is owned by the council, is due to repay the loan over five years.

A report to councillors says: “Blackpool Transport Services Limited operate a modern fleet of trams and buses and the contactless system would ensure the network is future-proofed for those users who prefer to pay by card rather than cash, offering a more convenient way to pay for an increasing proportion of service users.”

It adds: “The installation of the ticketless system represents a significant upgrade on the current ticketing arrangements and brings Blackpool Transport into line with other transport operators throughout the country.”

The council’s business loans fund was set up to support economic growth in the town while generating revenue.

Loans are provided on a commercial basis and are funded by borrowing through the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB), an arm of the Treasury.

This enables councils to borrow money at low interest rates, and make loans to suitable companies or to their wholly owned companies.

Blackpool trams ‘pile on’ sparks fears over Covid spread in resort

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“It’s the staff I feel for. Under staffed, overworked and put at risk to their health. Respect to them as personally I would have just told them to stick the job.”

Picture taken by Benjamin Harman of crowded tram he left on Sunday May 6 after feeling it was "too much"

Picture taken by Benjamin Harman of crowded tram he left on Sunday May 6 after feeling it was “too much” (Image: Benjamin Harman)

Pictures of crowded Blackpool trams have raised concerns about the spread of Covid in the town amid an influx of visitors.

The recent hot weather has resulted in a deluge of visitors to the resort, many of whom have relied on local transport to travel to and from various attractions.

One woman said she was horrified when her parents, who are classed as vulnerable, sent her a picture of the tram they had boarded in the afternoon.

Posted on Sunday (June 6) the picture shows a packed carriage with commuters in close proximity with some failing to wear masks.

Blackpool resident, Benjamin Harman, also boarded a tram the same day but said he got off to walk the last mile home as he felt it was “too much”.

Picture taken by one commuter's parents who are classed as vulnerable to Covid-19 of a crowded tram in Blackpool

Picture taken by one commuter’s parents who are classed as vulnerable to Covid-19 of a crowded tram in Blackpool

He told LancsLive: “I really felt for the staff and could see them struggling and no-one listening to them.

“I was also told 70 people is the government guideline. Conductors were simply too busy doing tickets and people were just piling on and ignoring the staff.

“Got to the point I actually got off the tram to walk the last mile as it was too much. It’s the staff I feel for.

“Respect to them as personally I would have just told them to stick the job. It was shocking.”

Blackpool Transport has responded to the concerns, saying that the trams have been ‘extremely busy’ due the recent surge in tourists back to the area.

“We are aware that recently our trams have been extremely busy following the unprecedented influx of visitors to the resort.

“Operationally we deployed every available resource to manage the number of customers travelling with us at the time. As per government guidance we have processes and measures in place to help protect our staff and our customers, but we need customers to work with us to keep themselves and others safe.

“We ask customers to only board the tram if they feel safe to do so and it is an impossible task for our teams to remove customers from the tram once they have boarded.

“This is an issue across all modes of public transport including trains, all of which are operating under conditions where demand exceeds capacity at peak times.

“We have provided extra buses and encouraged customers to take the bus during our busiest times and have found that customers will not do this.

“The capacity limit of 70 customers is our preferred limit to maintain a safe travelling environment and wherever possible until at least 21 June 2021 we will be advising customers to keep to this number.

“We have operated with one conductor since January 2021 and have recruited seasonal conductors to boost the on-board number to two conductors from mid-June 2021. This date is a month before the start of English school holidays and will enable staff to check tickets.

“We are implementing a number of additional measures in the coming weeks to continue to play our role in keeping everybody as safe as possible when travelling.

“We are asking customers to help us by using other means of transport at our peak times wherever possible.”

 

Blackpool Transport bosses plead with customers to not overcrowd trams and buses

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Bosses at Blackpool’s largest transport firm are pleading with tourists to not overcrowd its trams and buses

 

Blackpool Transport has responded after pictures of overcrowded trams and buses were shared on social media.

The forum said the trams have been ‘extremely busy’ due the recent surge in tourists back to the area.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “We are aware that recently our trams have been extremely busy following the unprecedented influx of visitors to the resort.

Bosses don't want trams and buses to be overcrowded

Bosses don’t want trams and buses to be overcrowded

“Operationally we deployed every available resource to manage the number of customers travelling with us at the time. As per government guidance we have processes and measures in place to help protect our staff and our customers, but we need customers to work with us to keep themselves and others safe.

“We ask customers to only board the tram if they feel safe to do so and it is an impossible task for our teams to remove customers from the tram once they have boarded.

“This is an issue across all modes of public transport including trains, all of which are operating under conditions where demand exceeds capacity at peak times.”

The company said it has provided extra buses and encouraged customers to take the bus during the busiest times but bosses said that customers ‘will not do this’.

The spokesman added: “The capacity limit of 70 customers is our preferred limit to maintain a safe travelling environment and wherever possible until at least June 21 we will be advising customers to keep to this number.

“We have operated with one conductor since January 2021 and have recruited seasonal conductors to boost the on-board number to two conductors from mid-June 2021. This date is a month before the start of English school holidays and will enable staff to check tickets.

“We are implementing a number of additional measures in the coming weeks to continue to play our role in keeping everybody as safe as possible when travelling.

“We have operated with one conductor since January 2021 and have recruited seasonal conductors to boost the on-board number to two conductors from mid-June 2021. This date is a month before the start of English school holidays and will enable staff to check tickets.

“We are implementing a number of additional measures in the coming weeks to continue to play our role in keeping everybody as safe as possible when travelling.

“We are asking customers to help us by using other means of transport at our peak times wherever possible.”

 

‘Rare and exciting’ chance to become a Blackpool tram driver – how to apply

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Blackpool Transport is looking to hire six new tram drivers and conductors

 

A tram in Blackpool (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

If you’re looking for a career change then a “rare and exciting” job opportunity has arisen in Blackpool.

Blackpool Transport want to hire six new tram drivers and conductors to join their team and applications are open now.

The light rail trams operate along 11 miles of the Blackpool and Fylde coast and carry millions of people around the resort each year.

The job advert states: “Blackpool Transport has a rare and exciting opportunity for six new Tram Driver/Conductors to join the team.

“The Company’s award-winning light rail tram operation is an integral part of the future success of Blackpool and the Fylde coast. It provides an excellent transport service along the famous sea front which will connect to Blackpool North Railway Station via the new tramway extension.”

Those who want to apply should have a full car driving licence with no more than six points, and you should have been driving regularly for more than 12 months.

Applicants will need to pass a medical and a series of assessment tests. Those who are successful will then commence a five-week training programme.

The advert adds: “The successful candidates will consistently deliver the highest standards of driving, providing a safe, secure and comfortable travel experience for all customers whilst showing due care and consideration for all other road users. You promote the company’s image and reputation by providing up to date information about services and facilities to customers.”

The roles are for 37 hours a week, with the first shift starting at 4.30am and the last at 1.45am.

The salary for the job is being advertised as between £19,259 and £20,355.

For more information and to apply for this role, please visit https://www.greater.jobs/search-and-apply/job-details/3825785/

Those wishing to apply have until 11.59pm on June 16 to submit their applications.

Blackpool trams ‘pile on’ sparks fears over Covid spread in resort

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“It’s the staff I feel for. Under staffed, overworked and put at risk to their health. Respect to them as personally I would have just told them to stick the job.”

Picture taken by Benjamin Harman of crowded tram he left on Sunday May 6 after feeling it was "too much"

Picture taken by Benjamin Harman of crowded tram he left on Sunday May 6 after feeling it was “too much” (Image: Benjamin Harman)

Pictures of crowded Blackpool trams have raised concerns about the spread of Covid in the town amid an influx of visitors.

The recent hot weather has resulted in a deluge of visitors to the resort, many of whom have relied on local transport to travel to and from various attractions.

One woman said she was horrified when her parents, who are classed as vulnerable, sent her a picture of the tram they had boarded in the afternoon.

Posted on Sunday (June 6) the picture shows a packed carriage with commuters in close proximity with some failing to wear masks.

Blackpool resident, Benjamin Harman, also boarded a tram the same day but said he got off to walk the last mile home as he felt it was “too much”.

Picture taken by one commuter's parents who are classed as vulnerable to Covid-19 of a crowded tram in Blackpool

Picture taken by one commuter’s parents who are classed as vulnerable to Covid-19 of a crowded tram in Blackpool

He told LancsLive: “I really felt for the staff and could see them struggling and no-one listening to them.

“I was also told 70 people is the government guideline. Conductors were simply too busy doing tickets and people were just piling on and ignoring the staff.

“Got to the point I actually got off the tram to walk the last mile as it was too much. It’s the staff I feel for.

“Respect to them as personally I would have just told them to stick the job. It was shocking.”

Blackpool Transport has responded to the concerns, saying that the trams have been ‘extremely busy’ due the recent surge in tourists back to the area.

“We are aware that recently our trams have been extremely busy following the unprecedented influx of visitors to the resort.

“Operationally we deployed every available resource to manage the number of customers travelling with us at the time. As per government guidance we have processes and measures in place to help protect our staff and our customers, but we need customers to work with us to keep themselves and others safe.

“We ask customers to only board the tram if they feel safe to do so and it is an impossible task for our teams to remove customers from the tram once they have boarded.

“This is an issue across all modes of public transport including trains, all of which are operating under conditions where demand exceeds capacity at peak times.

“We have provided extra buses and encouraged customers to take the bus during our busiest times and have found that customers will not do this.

“The capacity limit of 70 customers is our preferred limit to maintain a safe travelling environment and wherever possible until at least 21 June 2021 we will be advising customers to keep to this number.

“We have operated with one conductor since January 2021 and have recruited seasonal conductors to boost the on-board number to two conductors from mid-June 2021. This date is a month before the start of English school holidays and will enable staff to check tickets.

“We are implementing a number of additional measures in the coming weeks to continue to play our role in keeping everybody as safe as possible when travelling.”We are asking customers to help us by using other means of transport at our peak times wherever possible.”

Car parking in Blackpool: Where, cost, blue badge and motorhome spots and electric vehicle charging points

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The best places to park for Blackpool Pleasure Beach and other attractions – including opening times, prices, payment methods and more

West Street Car Park, Blackpool

Blackpool is fast approaching its busiest time with July being its most crowded month.

As Covid restrictions are gradually being lifted tourists will begin to flock to the area and once the summer season is over it is time for Blackpool Illuminations to take us into the darker nights of autumn.

The town has an excellent transport and tram system to get about however if you choose to drive, or need somewhere to park on arrival, it can be a little tricky to work out where.

Lancs Live has compiled a list of car parks, including multi-storeys, for reference and details such as Blue Badge spaces and parking concessions, payment methods, opening times, electric charging points and where accepts motor homes and coaches.

Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Blackpool Pleasure Beach has five car parks located at:

• North Car Park (Balmoral Road) – from £18 on the day, online £18 (off peak), £20 (peak) guaranteed reserved space
• East Car Park (Bond Street) – from £15.00
• Arena Car Park(Watson Road) – from £10
• West Car Park (Ocean Boulevard) – from £15.00
• Railway Station Car Park (Bond Street)

Parking facilities for disabled guests are available at all car parks. Car parking charges apply.

There are currently no parking facilities for caravans and mobile homes

Generic view of Banks Street car park (Image: Google Street View)

Blackpool Pleasure Beach now has an electric car charging point which can be used by guests. This point is located at the rear of Balmoral Road Car Park, please ask car parking attendants for directions.

There are also Pod Point Open Charge electric vehicle charging on-site for visitors.

  • – There are 2 x 7kW charging bays available.
    Each bay has a Type 2 universal socket.- It costs £1.50 per hour for 4 hours, then it is free.

Use the Pod Point Open Charge app to start charging and see live availability.
Visit Pod Point’s website for further instructions on how to use Open Charge points.

Car park closing times do vary but as a rule stay open until 10pm during the high season and 7pm during the low season and winter period.

Blackpool Council also provide car parking facilities throughout the town, including:

  • Short-stay car parks
  • Long-stay car parks
  • Coach and commercial car parks
  • Parking for motor homes
  • Parking for motorcycles

Bank Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 2DT

  • 16 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

You can use the PayByPhone app to pay for your stay in this car park, giving you complete control from your own phone.

You can download the PayByPhone app from the App Store or Google Play Store or visit the PayByPhone website. Once downloaded just enter the correct identification number for your vehicle type.

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10
Up to 24 hours (as Coach rate) Motorhomes £12

Bethesda Road Car Park- 24 hours – FY1 5EF

  • 3 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. One machine accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts coins only – No change given

Up to 1 hour Cars £1
Up to 2 hours Cars £2
Up to 3 hours Cars £3
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bloomfield Park Road Car park (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6HX

  • 25 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bolton Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 6AA

  • 3 Blue badges spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Bonny Street Car Park – 24 hours – FY1 5AR

  • 7 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machines. Machines accepts credit/debit cards and coins, one accepts contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Central Car Park (Seasiders Way/Central Drive, Blackpool) – 24 hours – FY1 5QB

  • 34 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 9 pay and display machine, all of which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

4 x 22kw electric charge bays situated at the north end of the site alongside the coach drop-off/pick-up area

Cost – The charging rate is currently 30 pence per unit

Driver needs to download the EVdot app, this is the only method of payment accepted to use these charging stations

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Chapel Street – 24 hours – FY1 5AW

  • 9 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept coins only – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Cocker Street Blackpool – 24 hours – FY1 1RX

  • 2 Blue badge bays

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

East Topping Street – 24 hours – FY1 3AS

  • 9 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by 4 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards – No change given.

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Filey Place (Banks Street) – 24 hours – FY1 1RN

  • 4 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 4 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £13

Foxhall Village (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours FY1 6JX

  • 10 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 15 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 3 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Gyn Square ( Warbreck Hill Road) – 24 hours – FY1 2JR

  • 4 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
  • 12 coach bays – Cars must not park in coach bays

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £2
Up to 4 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £4
Up to 12 hours Cars £6
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £10
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Lonsdale Road (Seasiders Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6JX

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – No change given

  • 18 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours
Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Lytham Road – 24 hours – FY4 1HT

  • Blue badge holders must display a clock beside their badge showing their arrival time to qualify for a 3 hour free concession.

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

Queen Street – 24 hours – FY1 1PX

  • 1 Blue badge space

Payment is by 2 pay and display machines, one of which accepts credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Beach ( South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1PL

  • 11 blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless- No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £5
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £9
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

South Car Park (Yeadon Way) – 24 hours – FY1 6BF

  • 19 Blue badge spaces – free for 3 hours

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 3 hours Cars £3.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £10
Up to 18 hours Cars £11
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20
Up to 45 minutes Coaches £2
Up to 4 hours Coaches £6
Up to 24 hours Coaches £12
Up to 48 hours Coaches £17
Up to 72 hours Coaches £20
Up to 24 hours – Winter Rate Coaches £6
Up to 12 hours Motorhomes £10

South King Street Car Park (Charnley Road) – 24 hours – FY1 4AX

  • 2 Blue Badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Talbot Road Multi-storey Car Park – Mon to Sun, 7am to 12 midnight – FY1 3AU

  • 38 Blue badge parking bays are available – However, there is no free parking concession

Payment is by 4 pay on foot machines which accept credit/debit cards and coins – Change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 18 hours Cars £13
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

West Street Car Park – daily 7.00am – 12.30am – FY1 1HA

  • 9 blue badge spaces

Payment is by 5 pay and display machines, all accept credit cards, debit cards, and coins.
4 also offer contactless payment. If paying with coins please have the correct amount available – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £3
Up to 3 hours Cars £4.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £5.50
Up to 6 hours Cars £7.50
Up to 8 hours Cars £10
Up to 12 hours Cars £12
Up to 24 hours Cars £14
Up to 48 hours Cars £16
Up to 72 hours Cars £18
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

Wimbourne Palce Car park (New South Promenade) – 24 hours – FY4 1NJ

  • 4 Blue badge spaces

Payment is by pay and display machine which accept credit/debit cards, coins, contactless – No change given

Up to 2 hours Cars £2.50
Up to 4 hours Cars £4
Up to 6 hours Cars £5
Up to 8 hours Cars £6
Up to 12 hours Cars £8
Up to 18 hours Cars £10
Up to 24 hours Cars £12
Up to 48 hours Cars £14
Up to 72 hours Cars £17
Up to 96 hours Cars £20

 

 

10 outdoor attractions in Blackpool to make the most of the May Bank Holiday heatwave

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If you’re planning a last-minute trip to Blackpool this bank holiday or half-term, check out these 10 outdoor attractions to make the most of the weather.

 

Met Office forecasters are predicting scorching temperatures across Blackpool and the Fylde coast this Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Here are 10 outdoor attractions to make the most of the bank holding weekend in Blackpool:

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Blackpool Heritage Trams future uncertain amid £1m bid to fix faulty building

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“The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our To Do List, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make less onerous, the remaining repairs.”

Two heritage trams in front the famous Blackpool tower

Two heritage trams in front the famous Blackpool tower (Image: Right Move)

The team behind Blackpool Transport’s Heritage Trams have expressed that they need to obtain vital funding in order to carry on.

The vintage vehicles have been running for more than 100 years, mostly as a visitor experience since 2014, and led largely by a team of volunteers.

Housed and maintained at the Rigby Road bus depot, there is now an urgent need for funding in order to build a new roof and preserve the historic vehicles.

 

The current building, which houses a fleet of more than 35 vintage trams, is in vital need of renovation.

The roof must be completely replaced first in order to prevent water ingress, quickly followed by regeneration of the building to give better structural integrity and protect the trams from the torrent of Fylde Coast wind and rain.

Two heritage trams near the pier in Blackpool

Two heritage trams near the pier in Blackpool (Image: Blackpool Heritage Trams)

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said “Replacing our roof is the first step on a journey that will secure the future for our famous trams in their rightful home, whilst underpinning our strategy to develop a long-term vision for a visitor attraction.

“The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our To Do List, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make less onerous, the remaining repairs.”

Until recent years there wasn’t a long-term intention for the transport operator to continue the running of Blackpool’s Heritage Trams.

The renovation of the Blackpool Tramway and introduction of modern, light rail trams in 2012 replaced the operation of the now Heritage Trams.

It is only the dedication of a team of volunteers and collaborative working with partners across the resort, which has enabled the vehicles to continue to delight residents and visitors to Blackpool’s seafront.

Blackpool Heritage has now launched an ambitious fundraiser seeking £1million in donations from people all over the world. This will enable the first, most costly, and most important part of the restoration plans to begin which is the installation of a new roof.

HMS Blackpool Tram

HMS Blackpool Tram (Image: Blackpool Heritage Trams)

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has served more than a quarter of a million customers over the past seven years, playing an important part in Blackpool’s cultural, educational and heritage offering.

The famous Blackpool Illuminations also depend on the show stopping illuminated trams to bring the seasonal event to life, all of which are operated from the Rigby Road Depot.

Bryan Lindop added: “Whilst a million pounds is deceptively easy to say, I fully recognise it’s a big ask, but when all’s said and done, it’s a big roof!

“I have always believed in the incredible power of lots of people working collectively together for a common cause, and a lot of people making a small contribution can have a major impact on the outcome. Will you help us raise the roof?”

You can find out more about this exciting project at www.blackpooltransport.com/fundraiser.

Campaigners launch £1 million appeal to help preserve Blackpool icon

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Campaigners have launched a new appeal to raise money to keep a Lancashire icon running.

A heritage tram on Blackpool prom. Blackpool Heritage has launched an ambitious fund-raiser seeking £1 million in donations in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehiclesA heritage tram on Blackpool prom. Blackpool Heritage has launched an ambitious fund-raiser seeking £1 million in donations in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehicles

Blackpool Transport’s Heritage Trams have been running for more than 100 years, most recently as a visitor experience since 2014, led mostly by a team of volunteers. Housed and maintained at the Rigby Road bus depot, there is an urgent need for funding in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehicles for years to come.

Now Blackpool Heritage has launched an ambitious fund-raiser seeking £1 million in donations from people all over the world. This will enable the first, most costly, and most important part of the restoration plans to begin, which is the installation of a new roof.

The current building, which houses a fleet of more than 35 vintage trams, is in vital need of renovation. The roof must be completely replaced first in order to prevent water ingress, quickly followed by regeneration of the building to give better structural integrity and protect the trams from the torrent of Fylde coast wind and rain.

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said: “Replacing our roof is the first step on a journey that will secure the future for our famous trams in their rightful home, whilst underpinning our strategy to develop a long-term vision for a visitor attraction. The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our To Do List, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make less onerous, the remaining repairs.”

Until recent years there wasn’t a long-term intention for the transport operator to continue the running of Blackpool’s Heritage Trams. The renovation of the Blackpool Tramway and introduction of modern, light rail trams in 2012 replaced the operation of the now Heritage Trams. It is only through the dedication of a team of volunteers and collaborative working with partners across the resort, which has enabled these vehicles to continue to delight residents and visitors to Blackpool’s seafront.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has served more than a quarter of a million customers over the past 7 years, playing an important part in Blackpool’s cultural, educational and heritage offering.

The famous Blackpool Illuminations also depend on the show stopping illuminated trams to bring the seasonal event to life, all of which are operated from the Rigby Road Depot.
HMS Blackpool Tram at Pleasure Beach. Blackpool Heritage has launched an ambitious fund-raiser seeking £1 million in donations in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehicles, which are also used during the Illuminations
HMS Blackpool Tram at Pleasure Beach.
Blackpool Heritage has launched an ambitious fund-raiser seeking £1 million in donations in order to build a new roof and preserve these historic vehicles, which are also used during the Illuminations

Mr Lindop added: “Whilst a million pounds is deceptively easy to say, I fully recognise it’s a big ask, but when all’s said and done, it’s a big roof! I have always believed in the incredible power of lots of people working collectively together for a common cause, and a lot of people making a small contribution can have a major impact on the outcome. Will you help us raise the roof?”

You can find out more about this exciting project at www.blackpooltransport.com/fundraiser.

 

Work resumes on tramway extension from Promenade to Blackpool North station

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Work to extend Blackpool tram tracks to the resort’s North railway station has resumed today – nearly two years after the controversial project was supposed to have been completed.

Construction work began at Talbot Square this morning, and is expected to continue for three weeks.

The £22.8 million project, which will see trams run between the Promenade and Blackpool North railway station, was originally predicted to be completed in July 2019.

In February last year, Blackpool Council said people could expect the completion of the extension by ‘the end of March 2021’.

Tram lines in progressTram lines in progress

High Street is set to be closed in early June for approximately 26 weeks, with the tram extension completed by the end of this year.

The new Holiday Inn Hotel is expected to be finished by summer next year.

Blackpool Transport has announced temporary changes to its tram services while development is ongoing.

Starting today, trams will stop running earlier than normal every evening between Mondays and Thursdays, with the last tram leaving Starr Gate to head to Fleetwood at 8pm. The last tram from Fleetwood will leave at 9.03pm.

Morning tram services will start slightly later than normal between Tuesdays and Fridays, with the first tram from Starr Gate to Fleetwood leaving at 6am.

On Monday mornings, Friday evenings and at weekends, the service will run as normal.

Blackpool Transport will also run extra journeys on its service 1 bus from stops close to the tram platforms.