Blackpool’s vintage trams are to return to the resort, and could one day be running a full service across its tram lines.
That’s thanks to a new agreement between Blackpool Transport and the Lancastrian Transport Trust (LTT), which has stored the heritage trams for several years.
Nine trams were given to the trust for safeguarding when the upgrade of the Blackpool and Fleetwood tramway was first proposed. Now it’s complete the historic vehicles have been returned to Blackpool, where work will begin to bring them up to an operational standard.
Blackpool Transport’s head of heritage trams operations, Bryan Lindop, said: “It was always our intention to retain, and continue to invest in our most significant heritage trams, and to showcase these unique vehicles on the Promenade for the delight of residents and visitors alike. The addition of the important tramcar collection of the LTT will allow us to build on our strengths and fill in the gaps in our own collection, allowing us to develop a truly world class collection of heritage trams, right here in Blackpool.”
The collection will be back in Blackpool over the next few months, though it could be 15 years before they are all in service.
Eric Berry from the LTT said: “It is only correct that the trams which we had saved for the future should return to their home tramway and into Blackpool Transport’s care.”