Elton John disrupts Blackpool trams

The first ever concert at the new Tower Festival Headland on Blackpool promenade is being held on Saturday 16th June, and will see Sir Elton John performing many of his classic songs at the outdoor venue. Unfortauntely, although future events are not expected to cause much disruption to the tramway, this concert will feature a different stage layout meaning that a revised timetable will operate this weekend.

Some seating for concert-goers will be placed over the tram lines and even the promenade road, forcing a partial closure of both. This will mean that, on Saturday, a split service will operate. Some trams will be in service between Starr Gate and Manchester Square, where passengers will have to alight. Further trams will maintain a service between North Pier and Fleetwood, with the busy section from Manchester Square to North Pier closed completely. Several Flexity2 trams will be stabled on North Promenade near Gynn Square for the duration, whilst the heritage tram tours on Saturday 16th June have been cancelled.

To add further misery for would-be tram passengers, the Fleetwood Carnival is taking place on the same day and this will result in a closure of the line through Fleetwood for a while during the afternoon. The last through tram is due to leave the Ferry at 12:43, after which time all services will terminate at Fisherman’s Walk until shortly after 2:00pm.

Due to the need to erect and then remove the temporary seating for the concert, the tram service will also be affected on the evening of Friday 15th June with the last tram to Starr Gate leaving Fleetwood at 10:25pm. Afterwards, southbound trams will only run as far as North Pier, and latterly Gynn Square. Likewise, on Sunday 17th June the ‘split’ service is expected to operate during the early part of the day with a normal through service resuming as early as is practicably possible.

Although these disruptions are likely to result in some grumbles, at least Blackpool Transport are trying to maintain a tram service over the course of the weekend. Hopefully future events at the Tower Festival Headland, such as the illuminations switch-on event, will be a lot less disruptive and allow the trams to go about their business as normal.

Full details of the weekend service changes can be viewed at www.blackpooltransport.com

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3 Responses to Elton John disrupts Blackpool trams

  1. Ken Walker says:

    This presumably means that several of the “in service” Flexities will be stabled away from the depot and in the open for 2 nights, and therefore vulnerable to vandalism?
    Surely a concert of this magnitude could have been staged in Stanley Park and avoided all this disruption. Still at least Blackpool Transport are trying to do the best with what facilities the council have left available to them to provide a service and for that we must be grateful.

    • Agnes Mc Blow says:

      How can you have a concert to launch the new tower headland in stanley park ?

      • Ken Walker says:

        Perhaps if they had had it in Stanley Park they wouldn’t have had to abandon it part way through! If events are going to be abandoned at a moment’s notice due to fairly normal weather conditions it looks as though they have been celebrating the opening of a lame duck. I feel sorry for the people who paid high prices for half a concert, and for Elton John as clearly neither he nor his team were in any way to blame for what happened on the night