Blackpool’s New Buses

Investment in a big fleet of brand new Alexander Dennis Limited(ADL)  Enviro400 City buses from Scotland is well underway, with 10 buses in 2016 and 25 in 2017.  On 9th April a launch event took place when 25 newly delivered buses traveled in convoy from Starr Gate to the Tower Headland where 15 gathered for a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon by Councillor Christine Wright.

That’s Lancashire TV station 7 on Freeview attended and interviewed VIPs and the public, including Jane Cole MD of Blackpool Transport, see video below:

Blackpool Transport has 140 buses, 54 are in the new Palladium livery.  By 2020 all buses are targeted to be less than 5 years old.  These new buses will be due for replacement in 2022.   The buses are diesel powered, it is possible that hybrid or electric buses will be cycled into the fleet by then.

It’s an impressive step forward for Blackpool in the image presented of the town.


Fleetwood Museum Re-opens

Fleetwood Museum Re-opens Friday 14th April.

After a period of closure the Fleetwood Museum re-opens on Good Friday 14th April 2017.

The open hours are Tuesday to Saturday 10.30am-3.30pm and Bank Holiday Weekends.

The museum contains lots of interesting information about Fleetwood including walk through scenes.  Trawling for fish, chemicals, salt are big themes in the history of Fleetwood.  The story of trawling fills you with awe that these small ships went out into gales and freezing seas for weeks to bring home the food for your table.

Plenty of great model ships, this one, Wyresdale, was the Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry some 60 years ago, 1924 to 1957.  It was built in Fleetwood.

The Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry, model
The Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry, model,  Wyresdale

Tuesday 4th April 2017 Blackpool Promenade Service

Heritage Trams are running from 1st April 2017 every day to 23rd April 2017.  Here are the Tuesday 4th April team.  Watch out for the Easter and May Day special trips to Fleetwood.

717 near the North Pier stop, Tuesday 4th April 2017
Bolton 66 on Blackpool prom Tuesday 4th April 2017
Blackpool Promenade Heritage Tram Service, 1st to 23rd April 2017
The Promenade Service Timetable – April 1st to 23rd, excluding Easter Sat, Sun, Monday specials

Good Results at Totally Transport 2014

Both Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours and Lancastrian Transport Trust announced how pleased they were with the turn out at the Totally Transport event in 2014.

Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours said on their Facebook page:

‘We ran a total of five different trams during the day, and the heavy loads would seem to suggest that they were the star attraction!

The heritage trams were used on tours between Starr Gate and North Pier throughout the event, running every 20 minutes, and with this offering the rare chance to ride on a heritage tram south of the Pleasure Beach the trams were packed out all day! It was very rewarding to see a large number of visitors to Blackpool taking advantage of the £2.50 mini tour tickets, which allowed for one round trip, but sales of the £10 all day tickets showed that many people wanted to ride all five trams – which shows just how appealing the heritage trams are!’

While Lancastrian Transport Trust announced on their website:

‘Three buses provided the tour which was experienced by almost 700 passengers in total. The buses, well filled on many journeys, were Blackpool 529, Lytham 19 and Lytham 70.’

Overall feedback has been very positive. A great day!