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Blackpool Transport Services (BTS) is a bus and tram operator running within the boroughs of Blackpool and Fylde and into the surrounding area, including Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Poulton-le-Fylde and Kirkham, Preston. BTS is a limited company wholly owned by Blackpool Borough Council, which makes it one of the few remaining municipal bus companies in the UK today.

HistoryEdit

Template:Expand section Blackpool Transport was founded in 1885 by the town council. It became an arm's length company in 1986. Neighbouring operator Fylde Borough Transport, which at the time traded as Blue Buses, was taken over in 1994; it had previously been a council-owned operation itself, but spent five months in private ownership before Blackpool Transport's takeover.[1]

The company's network was relaunched in April 2001 under the name Metro Coastlines. Along with the new name came a new colour-coded service: each core bus route was operated by vehicles painted in a livery heavily featuring that route's colour. There were twelve such core bus routes, and the historic tramway along the promenade also had its own variation of the livery.

On Monday 26 July 2010, Metro Coastlines branding was discontinued and the company went back to the older name of 'Blackpool Transport'. Buses have had their Metro Coastlines logos removed and replaced with a new Tower and waves logo, along with a black and yellow colour scheme. The tramway now uses a purple and white colour scheme, based on Blackpool Council's main colour schemes. The Tower and waves logo does not feature on the trams.

Bus typesEdit

Blackpool Transport currently has a fleet of 147 vehicles as of January 2013. The fleet is primarily double deck. The mainstay of the Blackpool Transport fleet is the Dennis/TransBus Trident with 51 buses of this type currently in service.

In the single deck fleet the standard vehicle is the Optare Solo midibus with around forty examples in service. Also operated are seventeen Optare Excels and fourteen Plaxton bodied Volvo B7RLEs - the second batch of which are the newest vehicles in the fleet.

In terms of double deckers the fleet there are over fifty Dennis/TransBus Tridents with East Lancs bodywork. Also in service are an increasing number of ex Bus Vannin DAF DB250s also with East Lancs bodywork. There are also six Volvo Olympians still in service which along with four open top Leyland Olympians are the only step entry vehicles in the fleet.[2]

Image Chassis Bodywork Number Built Notes
Single deck
100px Optare M850
Optare M920
Optare Solo (midibus)
42
1999-2009
100px Optare L1150 Optare Excel
17
1999
N/A
Volvo B7RLE Plaxton Centro
Wright Eclipse
14
2006/10
Total (single deck)
72
Double deck
100px Dennis Trident 2
TransBus Trident 2
East Lancs Lolyne
East Lancs Myllennium Lolyne
51
2000-06
N/A
DAF DB250LF East Lancs Myllennium Lowlander
14
2001-02
N/A
Volvo Olympian Northern Counties Palatine II
6
1994
Total (double deck)
75
Total (all vehicles)
147

Fares Edit

Fares on Blackpool Transport depend on the distance travelled, although there is a cap per journey. Most tickets can be purchased from the driver of the first bus boarded, or on trams from the conductor. Holders of an ENCTS bus pass may travel free on buses and trams (excluding Heritage Trams). Children under five also travel free. Drivers and conductors may also be able to give change in small denominations.

One day TravelCards can be purchased on any bus or tram, and longer term TravelCards can be purchased at offices and agents.

Bus routes and brandingEdit

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Between 2001 and 2010 each line (service) had its own individual route colour which was painted with a contrasting colour of yellow, and there were also black generic painted buses which were used on any line if a branded vehicle couldn't be used for any reason. Each bus stop also featured the line colour and timetables were also colour-coded.

Route branding was discontinued on Monday 26 July 2010 when Blackpool Transport introduced major changes to its bus network, replaced by a new livery of black and yellow.[3] The Line 6 service was axed on Sunday 25 July 2010 after 84 years in service; Optare Deltas 106, 107 and 112 performed the last duties.[4]

Since 2002 local bus services have not used the 1960s bus station located on Talbot Road. The town centre Blackpool Transport offices were relocated to Market Street. With the new service changes, many services now serve different town centre stops. Service 1 stops at North Pier and Blackpool Tower in both directions. Services 2 and 2C terminate at Corporation Street Stop C1, with service 11 also serving this stop. Services 5, 7, 9 and 14 call at both Market Street and Corporation Street. Service 10 still terminates at Market Street. Services 3, 4 now operate via Topping Street (northbound) and Clifton Street (southbound), Service 16 also operates via Topping Street and now terminates at Blackpool North Station, Service 17 terminates at Market Street and Service 20 also stops at Market Street.

Route Number North Terminus Major Stops South Terminus Frequency Mon - Sat Frequency Sun Vehicle
Tram Fleetwood Ferry Fleetwood, Broadwater, Rossall, Cleveleys, Norbreck, Bispham, Blackpool Town Centre, Central, Pleasure Beach, Harrowside Starr Gate Daytime - 10 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime - 10 minutes

Evening - 30 minutes

Bombardier Flexity 2


Service 1 Fleetwood Freeport Fleetwood Ferry, Thornton Gate, Broadwater, Cleveleys, Norbreck, Bispham, Blackpool Town Centre, South Shore, Harrowside, Pleasure Beach Starr Gate Daytime - 20 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime - 20 minutes

Evening - 30 minutes

Single deck, double deck
Service 2 Poulton-le-Fylde Poulton-le-Fylde, Staining, Victoria Hospital, Devonshire Square, Town Centre, Blackpool Corporation Street. Blackpool Town Centre Daytime - 30 minutes

Evenings - hourly

Daytime and evening - hourly Midibus, single deck, double deck
Service 2C Knott End Ferry Knott End, Stalmine, Hambleton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Blackpool Old Road, Grange Park,Victoria Hospital, Devonshire Square, Town Centre, Blackpool Corporation Street Blackpool Town Centre Daytime - 30 minutes

Evenings - hourly

Daytime and evening - hourly Midibus, single deck, double deck
Service 3 Cleveleys Park Cleveleys, Blackpool and the Fylde College, Bispham, Blackpool Town Centre, Park Road, Penrose Avenue, Mereside Mereside Tesco Daytime - 20 minutes

Evenings - hourly

Daytime and evening - hourly Midibus
Service 4 Cleveleys Cleveleys, Norbreck, Little Bispham, Blackpool Town Centre, Whitegate Drive, Oxford Square, Marton, Mereside, Mereside Tesco Daytime - 20 minutes

Evenings - hourly

Daytime and evening - hourly Midibus
Service 5 Victoria Hospital Layton Square, Blackpool Town Centre, South Shore, Farmers Arms Pub, Lindale Gardens Halfway House Daytime - 10 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime and evening - 30 minutes Midibus
Service 7 Cleveleys Bispham Library, Devonshire Road, Blackpool Town Centre, Halfway House, Blackpool Airport, St. Annes Square, Lytham, Saltcotes Road Saltcotes Road Daytime - 15 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime and evening - 30 minutes Single deck, double deck
Service 9 Cleveleys Blackpool and the Fylde College, Bispham village, Layton Square, Blackpool Town Centre Blackpool Town Centre Daytime - 10 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes/hourly

Daytime - 30 minutes

Evening - 30 minutes/hourly

Single deck, double deck
Service 10 Blackpool Town Centre Blackpool Town Centre (Market Street), Royal Oak, Waterloo Hotel, Watson Road Bridge, Highfield Road, Booths, School Road Midgeland Road Daytime - hourly

Evenings - no service

No Service Midibus
Service 11 Grange Park Estate Grange Park Estate, Layton Square, Blackpool Town Centre, Lytham Road, Blackpool Airport, St. Annes Square, Ansdell, Lytham Square, Saltcotes Road Saltcotes Road Daytime - 15 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime and evening - 30 minutes Single deck, double deck
Service 14 Fleetwood Ferry Fleetwood Ferry Terminal, Four Lane Ends, Sixth Form College, Corporation Street/Market Street, Spen Corner, Cherry Tree Road/Asda, Mereside Estate, Mereside Tesco, Peel Park. Peel Park (weekdays) Mereside Tesco (weekends) Daytime - 10 minutes

Evenings - 30 minutes

Daytime - 20 minutes

Evening - 30 minutes

Single deck, double deck
Service 16 Poulton-le-Fylde Poulton-le-Fylde, Carleton, Norcross, Bispham, Grange Park, Victoria Hospital, Stanley Park, Mereside Tesco, Highfield Road, Harrowside, South Shore, Whitegate Drive, Devonshire Square, Blackpool North Train Station Blackpool North Train Station Daytime - 30 minutes

Evenings - no service

Daytime - hourly

Evening - no service

Midibus
Service 17 Blackpool Town Centre Blackpool Town Centre (Market Street), Spen Corner, Common Edge Road, Spring Gardens, St Annes Square St Annes Square Daytime - 30 minutes

Evenings - no service

Daytime - 30 minutes

Evening - no service

Midibus, single deck
Service 20* (Resort Hopper) Marton Mere Holiday Camp Blackpool Zoo, Model Village, Stanley Park, Blackpool Town Centre (Market Street), Central Pier, Pleasure Beach Blackpool Pleasure Beach Daytime - 30 minutes

Evenings - no service

Daytime - 30 minutes

Evening - no service

Midibus

* Operates during the summer season only

Blackpool Transport also operate the franchise for City Sightseeing tours with buses operating between the Town Centre and St Annes. The service normally operates during the six-week summer school holidays and also the October half term.

All routes terminate or pass through Blackpool town centre, stopping at either Market Street, Corporation Street or Abingdon Street bus stops.

See also Edit

References Edit

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  3. Blackpool Transport woes Blackpool Aloud, 27 May 2010
  4. The end of the line for number six Blackpool Aloud, 27 July 2010

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