Since the end of the summer school holidays, Blackpool’s daytime heritage service has only been operating at weekends. With effect from 30th September, this has been cut again, with a reduction in the number of hours that the heritage tours are running, with all morning journeys being axed for the rest of the peak season.
From now until the end of the illuminations period, whenever the daytime heritage service operates it will only do so from 1300hrs – a much later start time than usual. The first tours of the day from both Pleasure Beach and North Pier/Tower will depart at 1300. Two journeys to Cabin will still operate in the afternoons; one departing from Pleasure Beach at 1440, and another at 1640. The last departures are as follows; from Pleasure Beach at 1700, from Cabin at 1655, from North Pier heading north at 1650, and North Pier going south at 1705.
It is believed that the service changes have been introduced to enable more volunteer crews to be available for evening illuminations tours, a sensible move in view of their enduring popularity. These generally utilise the three illuminated feature cars on most nights although other trams from the heritage fleet frequently join in, mostly double-deck cars.
The daytime heritage service will continue in its revised format on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October, and then daily from 14th October to 5th November inclusive. Illuminations tours also run every night until November 5th. Don’t forget that a heritage day ticket offers unlimited rides on the daytime and evening tours plus other Blackpool Transport trams and buses, which still represents fantastic value for money at Blackpool’s busiest time of year!