Significant changes are to be made to the August Bank Holiday ‘Gold’ timetable operated by Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours. This is due to a series of concerts taking place on the promenade over that same weekend, which will result in a split service operating on the tramway for parts of each day. This could so easily have resulted in the heritage service being cancelled altogether but happily a compromise is to be reached so that those who had planned to visit and enjoy a weekend of tram action should not be disappointed.
The Livewire festival is a ‘music’ event taking place on the Tower festival headland from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th August. On these three days, the promenade tramway will be closed off adjacent to the Tower from approximately 1500hrs, forcing service trams to run a split service with some trams running from Starr Gate to Tower and others serving the line between North Pier and Fleetwood Ferry.
It is not yet confirmed exactly what sort of heritage service will operate on Friday 25th, but on Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th, the planned ‘Gold’ service will still run. This is expected to commence at the earlier than usual time of 0900, in order to offer plenty of longer runs including numerous journeys to Fleetwood. Then from 1500, a cut-down service will continue between Pleasure Beach and Tower – and it is hoped to offer some tours to Starr Gate too, to compensate for the shortage of track available to use! A more normal ‘Gold’ timetable should be provided on Bank Holiday Monday 28th.
Hopefully the efforts being taken to ensure that the show must go on will be appreciated, and despite the short notice given regarding the partial closure of the promenade it looks like this should be another good weekend for the heritage operation.