This is the latest addition to Blackpool's fleet of trams
This is the latest addition to Blackpool's fleet of trams.
It is the first of two new arrivals to boost the number of trams in the resort to 18.
Blackpool Transport announced in March 2017 it was adding extra capacity as annual passenger numbers passed the 5m mark last year, the highest total since 1994.
We ensured that delivery of the tram went ahead without issue
Fastrans were approached by our Customer in Germany as they had been told it would not be possible to deliver the tram due to on going roadworks. Fastrans carried out route surveys and consulted with the local council , Police and other authorities and obtained permit and permission to move the tram to its destination in Blackpool.
The new tram was delivered in December 2017, coming off the M55 at junction three. It had been due to travel to Windy Harbour and west towards Plymouth Road, however the route was changed. Instead of making its way over Plymouth Road bridge and to the Promenade via Warbreck Hill Road it headed further north en route to the seafront. Once unloaded it was driven to the depot.
The original 16 Flexity2 trams were brought in when the tramway re-opened in 2012 following a £100m investment including replacement of the track and construction of a new depot at Squires Gate.
Blackpool's newest tram arriving in the resort. Credit: Mike Morton