Less than a day after the latest delivery of a new tram to Croydon it was the turn of Blackpool to be receiving a delivery with 015 becoming the penultimate Flexity2 to be in the resort. 015 arrived during the afternoon of Friday 8th June having travelled the now well worn route across from Hull to Blackpool.
With 015 now having arrived there are fourteen of the sixteen Flexity2 trams in Blackpool with just 016 not having yet arrived in the UK. In addition 002 is back in Germany having
been a return load for 014 to allow Bombardier to undertake some rectification work under warranty.
Of those Flexities in Blackpool 001 is currently out of service in the Workshops at Starr Gate depot where it is receiving modifications whilst 003 to 014 are regularly out on the Prom, either in service or on Driver Training.
On 1st July it is planned that the promised 10 minute frequency between Starr Gate and
Fleetwood Ferry will be introduced so these extra Flexity trams will be required to provide this service. Currently just six trams are needed for the bulk of the service (although normally at least seven trams are used to try and prevent delays in departing Starr Gate) but this will obviously need to increase with the improved service.