Coastal multi-modal

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The current diesel fleet could be replaced by electric equivalents in the next five years. JONATHAN WELCH











In the second of a two-part feature, Jonathan Welch continues his chat with CPT President and Blackpool Transport Managing Director Jane Cole

In last week’s issue, I spoke to Jane about her role as CPT President and discussed the topics of both coach and bus, as well as some other timely issues facing the sector. In the second part, we look a little closer to home, about the importance of the modern tramway in Blackpool Transport’s multi-modal offering, and the modernisation of the company’s historic Rigby Road depot alongside plans for an electric fleet.


Speaking about the modern tramway, Jane said: “It’s great. Most people gravitate towards the Promenade, and with the tram running from south of the Pleasure Beach all the way up to Fleetwood it will take visitors in huge numbers. We can get around 170 people on each tram. We supplement that with the number 1 bus service as we don’t take national concession cards on the tram unless they are a Blackpool resident, so that ticks that box. We also find that if we have inclement weather and we have to stop the tramway, such as when the winds are over 75mph, the buses can take up the slack.

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