Raising (money for) the roof

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A significant sum is still needed to help replace the roof that keeps Blackpool’s heritage tram fleet safe. BLACKPOOL TRANSPORT via TWITTER

Blackpool’s heritage trams are back in action – and a £1m appeal has been launched to keep a roof over their heads. Tram tours resumed from Saturday 29 May, with tours running in the daytime every weekend and during school holidays throughout the year. Illuminated trams, including the Western Train tram, which has recently benefited from a full refurbishment, will return to provide an enhanced calendar of illuminations tours from 4 September until 3 January 2022.

Heritage Tram Tours is tasked with restoring, preserving and operating Blackpool’s historic tram collection, which was replaced with new rolling stock introduced in 2012.

Now Blackpool’s Heritage Department has launched a £1million fundraiser to build a new roof at Rigby Road depot, where some 35 classic trams are stored. The roof needs complete replacement, followed by work on the rest of the building.

Bryan Lindop, head of heritage at Blackpool Transport said, “Replacing our roof is the first step on a journey that will secure the future for our famous trams in their rightful home, whilst underpinning our strategy to develop a long-term vision for a visitor attraction. The roof is not only the most expensive single item on our ‘To Do’ list, it’s also the most essential to keep out the elements, protect the fleet and make the remaining repairs less onerous.”

Visit blackpooltransport.com/fundraiser for details on how you can help.