VIDEO: Watch as new tram arrives in Blackpool

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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's newest tram arriving in the resort. Credit: Mike Morton

Blackpool's newest tram arriving in the resort. Credit: Mike Morton

Blackpool Transport announced in March it was adding extra capacity as annual passenger numbers passed the 5m mark last year, the highest total since 1994.

The new tram was delivered last night, 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 was brought in on the back of a lorry before being unloaded near the Metropole hotel. Credit: Mike Morton

Blackpool's newest tram was brought in on the back of a lorry before being unloaded near the Metropole hotel. Credit: Mike Morton