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Blackpool expansion plans

Consultants working for Blackpool Borough Council and Lancashire County Council have come up with plans for tramway expansion and new rolling stock that could form the basis of a GBP230 million bid to Government for funding. The three-phase scheme would see the existing Starr Gate — Fleetwood line upgraded and new low–floor trams acquired. Later trams could take over the rail line from Blackpool South to Lytham, and a new line built from Blackpool North Station to Fleetwood via Poulton and Thornton. Second–hand trams are seen as a possibility for replacing that part of the 1930s fleet that works only during the peak summer months. The operation of the upgraded and expanded tramway would be put out to tender and several major groups are likely to be interested as well as the existing Blackpool Transport company.

2 August 2001

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