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July 9, 2020

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March 31, 2015


2015 is set to provide a comeback for many long familiar trams that were an integral part of Blackpool promenade over many decades. In contrast to the monotonous sixteen European designed and built ‘Flexities’ which provide the year round service in...

March 29, 2015

The lasting legacy of Brush Engineering from the 1930s lives on.    By a quirk of fate the twenty-strong class of rail coaches built by the company in 1937 for Blackpool - their final tramcar contract; has survived well into this century with no end...

March 29, 2015

A long held ambition of Blackpool’s former municipal transport operation was the purchase of its neighbour Lytham St Annes Corporation Transport, based just across the municipal boundary (literally) at Squires Gate. In the de-regulation era this take...

March 19, 2015

The announcement that Blackpool’s Squires Gate Airport and adjoining land is being designated as an ‘Enterprise Zone’ in the Chancellor’s Budget Statement is welcome. The need for new employment in the town over and above seasonal jobs, usually of a...

March 17, 2015

The importance of interchanges between long distance or commuter travel with local tramways was well known from late Victorian times when the advent of electric trams saw new tram services positioned almost directly outside of railway stations. In Be...

March 13, 2015

Blackpool Transport’s smart yellow and black with its silver ‘swhirl’ certainly  marks the town’s bus system as independent from ‘corporate’ brands dominating most of the UK’s  urban networks.   One might yearn for the ever more distinctive green and...

March 10, 2015

The recent meeting addressed by the Secretary of State for Transport drew a large and voluble audience with a lot of points to make. One especially relevant question by Councillor Callow concerned reinstatement of the former tram stop at Norkeed Road...

March 7, 2015

Err not quite but the first two are Blackpool businesses among the growing number of Seasiders supporting the Trust’s 2015 Football Tram Display.


Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday messages are now being reserved on tram 641’s panels (see the secti...

March 5, 2015

Blackpool and the Fylde coast suffer from persistent operation of elderly recycled trains on services operated by  franchise holder - Northern Rail:   a company whose ownership  interests include the Dutch national rail operator; a country where far...

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