When the 2016 operating dates for Blackpool’s heritage tram service were first announced, Good Friday was a surprising omission. However, this has now changed for the better as an amended ‘blue’ timetable will now run on this day. The amendment involves a later start time than usual, allowing the trams in service to stay out later to allow for a very special treat to kick off the Easter excitement!
Good Friday falls on 25th March this year and will see a two car, twenty minute heritage service running on the promenade between 1300 and 1700. More interestingly, the trams will then run to Fleetwood during the evening at times to be confirmed. Although heritage cars to Fleetwood are now fairly commonplace, they rarely visit the northern end of the tramway this late in the day so this should be a very appealing prospect for the enthusiasts who are in town. The following three days will witness the usual ‘gold’ service with six different cars in use on each day, making Easter a great time to visit Blackpool if you want a fix of traditional tram action! The idea of evening running on Good Friday is a particularly inspired one as people often arrive in town on this day to enjoy the Easter weekend, so it should make a perfect start to what will hopefully be an excellent weekend.