Category Archives: Blackpool Tramway

In Pictures: Preparation work underway at Wilko’s

After what has seemed to be several weeks with very little progress on construction work for the Blackpool Tramway extension up at the former Wilko’s site, recently there have been slight changes with contractors hard at work in preparation for … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Anchorsholme Lane

Today we reach Anchorsholme Lane on our northbound journey on the Blackpool Tramway.

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Trams suspended from North Pier to Fleetwood after car crashes into barrier

It wasn’t a good start for the tram service in Blackpool on Thursday 21st October with no trams able to run any further north than North Pier until around 0800. The problem was that a car had crashed into the … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Little progress on tramway extension at Wilko’s

The snail like progress on work for the Blackpool North Railway Station extension of the Blackpool Tramway has continued in recent weeks. Work on the former Wilko’s site – which will be home to the tramway terminus – has now … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Little Bispham

Its time for another edition of “Stop by Stop”. We’re on the Blackpool Tramway again as we continue northbound and reach Little Bispham.

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New digital radio system for Blackpool Transport

All of Blackpool Transport’s modern trams and buses are set to enjoy a major radio upgrade utilising a brand new digital radio system. Being designed by North West communications specialist TES Communication Solutions the upgrade will see the transport operator … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Blackpool Centenary 644 in a sticky situation…

Back in January 2012, Blackpool Centenary 644 became the first of the class to leave Rigby Road Depot permanently as part of the great tram sale following the tramway’s upgrade. Its new owners were a long-term sponsor on the tram, … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Norbreck North

As we continue merrily on our way northbound in Blackpool we reach the only stop to have opened after the initial opening of the Blackpool Tramway. It is Norbreck North.

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Event Review: Blackpool Tramway Anniversary Weekend

Over the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September all eyes were on the Blackpool Tramway with a weekend of events to celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the tramway with it celebrating 136 years of operation in … Continue reading

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What’s New on British Trams Online? 10th October 2021

Our delayed photos from the Blackpool Anniversary Weekend are added as part of this week’s main site update:

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KeolisAmey Docklands and Blackpool Tramway win big operator accolades at Global Light Rail Awards

Taking place on 6th October, the Global Light Rail Awards recognise excellence and innovation in light rail across the world, although many of the candidates and winners do come from within the UK and the ceremony also takes place in … Continue reading

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Welcome to Tramtown!

The plans for a Visitor Centre at Rigby Road Depot in Blackpool are continuing to progress and we have a name for the attraction – Tramtown. The new name was unveiled during the Anniversary Weekend events in Blackpool on Saturday … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Norbreck

“Stop by Stop” continues today as we work our way north on the Blackpool Tramway with Norbreck the next stop.

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In Pictures: Balloon 700 goes back to wartime colours

It was due to be the highlight of the Anniversary Weekend in Blackpool – the unveiling of (and possibly the worst kept secret for some time!) Balloon 700 back in the popular Wartime Green and Cream livery it last carried … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Sandhurst Avenue

In this article we continue our way along the Blackpool Tramway with “Stop by Stop” now arriving at Sandhurst Avenue.

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Fewer staff required to self isolate but staff retention and recruitment remain challenge to UK tram operators

“This service has been cancelled because of staff shortages”. Anyone who has attempted to travel on the UK transport network in recent weeks and months probably can’t help but be aware of the challenges all transport operators – whether that … Continue reading

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In Preview: Blackpool Anniversary Weekend – 25th and 26th September

As we’ve reported previously the weekend of Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September will see a special Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours event take place including the return of hop-on/hop-off tours for the first time since March 2020. There are also … Continue reading

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In Pictures: Progress slows at Wilko’s in Blackpool

It may have been a few weeks since we had our last update from tram construction works at the former Wilko’s store site in Blackpool but that’s mainly because progress has somewhat slowed in laying the tracks and fixing them … Continue reading

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Stop by Stop Blackpool Tramway: Bispham

Its time for another edition of “Stop by Stop” as we are again on the Blackpool Tramway with our northbound journey now reaching Bispham.

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Leeds 180 and Blackpool Western Train return to service

The past few days have seen two old favourites return to the rails – one at Crich and the other up in Blackpool. While at Crich it was a tram which ran last year for the Blackpool tram it was … Continue reading

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