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One of Blackpool's heritage trams out over Easter
One of Blackpool's heritage trams out over Easter
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Blackpool’s heritage trams are proving a hit since transport bosses agreed to 
increase the number operating this year.

Last year the vintage vehicles operated for just nine days 
after the service was scaled back in 2012.

But this year the fleet is being used much more extensively as part of the tourism offer.

The heritage trams have been out during the Easter holidays and will run very weekend between North Pier and the Pleasure Beach until the end of the Illuminations and every day in the school summer holidays.

Bryan Lindop, of Blackpool Transport, said: “It has been very successful so far and the trams are being enjoyed both by the tram enthusiasts and the general public, which is what we want.

“People see the vintage trams out and they are so attractive that everyone wants to get aboard.

“We haven’t yet had official figures for the passenger numbers but there have been queues forming at North Pier for them, so that shows how popular they are.”

Yesterday the good weather meant some of the traditional open top trams were operating.

Blackpool tram enthusiast John Garnham said: “Easter weekend has traditionally marked the start of the visitor season and the heritage trams were thankfully out in force.

“You could see numerous people taking photos of the old trams.

“The new mini-tour, a return ride between the Pleasure Beach and North Pier allows for a break of journey for a wander up North Pier and the return on often a different heritage tram is really good value, ideal for the general public with a bit of interest.

“Unlike last year where operation was restricted to bank holiday weekends, the new provision should mean the open top trams are likely to be seen out on hot, sunny days all adding to the visitor experience.

“At last we have some leadership that has woken up to the value of these unique heritage trams that along with other icons – the Tower, the piers, the Pleasure Beach and the Winter Gardens – help make Blackpool a special place to visit.”

Blackpool Transport has 32 heritage trams in total and of those 18 are operational.