All Blackpool Tramway articles

  • Blackpool Flexity tram and bus
    Metro Report International

    Blackpool Transport radios go digital


    UK: TES Communication Solutions is to replace the analogue radio equipment on Blackpool Transport Services’ tram and bus fleets with a digital system. This will include ‘independent and resilient’ wide-area voice and data backhaul infrastructure to provide continuity of operations in the event of power cuts ...

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    Metro Report International

    English light rail networks get final tranche of Covid-19 funding


    UK: The government has announced £56m of funding to support the operation of Manchester Metrolink, Tyne & Wear Metro, Sheffield Supertram, Nottingham Express Transit, West Midlands Metro and Blackpool Tramway services from July 20 to April 2022. The funding announced on July 16 is expected to ...

  • Blackpool Flexity 2 tram
    Metro Report International

    Blackpool trams to resume as UK light rail operators reflect government guidance


    UK: Blackpool’s trams are to begin operating once more from July 19, having been suspended since March 29 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Operator Blackpool Transport said the resumption of services on the 16 km route was intended to ‘support the town’s economy and provide an important ...

  • Edinburgh tram passenger wearing a face covering
    Metro Report International

    Tram operators share best practice on coronavirus communications


    UK: Light rail industry association UK Tram organised a virtual event to enable its members to discuss the measures they had taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and to share best practice for post-lockdown communications as passengers begin to return. ‘Early observations suggest that the new ...

  • gb Sheffield Supertram tram and tram-train (Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    UK announces support for light rail during the pandemic


    UK: The Department for Transport has confirmed that a ‘multi-million pound’ package of emergency funding will be provided for light rail networks as part of measures aimed at keeping essential transport services running during the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement covers the light rail networks in Sheffield, Greater ...

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    Metro Report International

    Tram collision and overspeed safety system to be tested in Wien and Blackpool


    SAFETY: Bombardier Transportation launched its Collision & Overspeed Monitoring & Prevention Assistance System for trams and light rail vehicles at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019. Testing of the technology will soon begin on trams in Wien and Blackpool. Developed in co-operation with the Austrian Institute of Technology ...

  • Transport for London has awarded Engineering Support Group Ltd a contract to supply a Physical Prevention of Over-Speeding automatic braking system for the Croydon tram network.
    Metro Report International

    UK tram operators study automatic braking systems


    UK: British tramway operators have told Metro Report International they are taking a close interest in Transport for London’s deployment of an automatic tram braking system, and are working through light rail industry body UK Tram to assess whether similar technology would be suitable for use on the country’s ...

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    Transport projects allocated Growth Deal funding


    UK: A number of transport schemes are included in the government’s Local Growth Fund allocations announced on July 7. Local Enterprise Partnerships formed by English local authorities and businesses were able to bid for money from the fund to spend on match-funded projects which are intended to support their local ...

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    Blackpool North tram extension planned


    UK: Transport for Lancashire has included the construction of a branch of the Blackpool tramway from the North Pier to Blackpool North station in its list of transport investment priorities. TfL brings together Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn with Darwen Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership. A contribution of ...

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    Rejuvenated Blackpool tramway reopens


    UK: Transport Minister Norman Baker officially reopened the Blackpool tramway on April 3, following a four-year project to revitalise the only traditional tram line to have survived in the UK. The first journey carried 40 'golden ticket' competition winners, with regular passenger services scheduled to start the following day. ...

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    Tram bogie turntable


    UK: Mechan has supplied two bogie turntables for installation by specialist contractor Trackwork at the Starr Gate tram depot which Volker Fitzpatrick is building at Blackpool in northwest England. The turntables will be used when transferring bogies to the maintenance areas of the seafront depot, which is being built to ...

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    Blackpool tram funding confirmed


    UK: Transport Minister Sadiq Khan confirmed the award of £68·3m of government and £33·4m of local council funding for an upgrade of the Blackpool tramway on June 10. Work to provide a modern commuter service on the traditional tramway will include replacing 8 km of track, accessibility improvements, tram priority ...

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    Bombardier preferred bidder for Blackpool trams


    UK: Preferred bidders for three contracts to revitalise Britain's only surviving traditional tramway were selected by Blackpool council on May 6. Bombardier Transportation has been chosen to supply 16 low-floor trams to the seaside resort, where they will operate alongside the existing vintage vehicles. Track upgrades and missing certain ...

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    Manchester and Blackpool get tram funding


    UK: The Department for Transport has signed off the remaining government contribution to a £102m upgrade of the Manchester Metrolink light rail network (RG 10.07 p649). The £25·7m grant announced on February 1 brings the government's contribution to £58m, and will fund work on bridges, cabling and overhead line equipment ...