It has been a while since we took a proper look at the former Wilko’s site in Blackpool which will, in due course, be the newest tram terminus in the UK so that’s where we head in this latest article. As expected progress on site has turned towards the construction of the hotel and there is likely to be very little progress on the tram side until the hotel is completed.
Whilst there has been no official update from Blackpool Council in recent months, the last we heard was that they were aiming for a November opening of this extension. However, this will be dependent on how work progresses with the hotel and there will need to be extensive testing of the tramway before passengers are allowed to travel along Talbot Road again. We have, back in March, seen trams on initial tests on the extension but as with all extensions in the UK these first tests come well before full testing and commissioning.
So, for now we just have to wait in anticipation of when the line opens. And in the immediate pre-opening period we will probably finally find out exactly what service will run, until then anything else is speculation and looking back at how things may have been before everything changed with the pandemic.