Friday 19 July 2024

Transpora South West buses on the Fylde Coast

Transpora Volvo MCV Evora 1306 at Fleetwood on service 24 to Blackpool on 19th July
The past few months have seen occasional appearances of Transpora South West buses operating on local Transpora North West routes around the Fylde Coast. This week two buses made the long journey from Bristol, following the cessation of Transpora operations in that city a week ago, and they are now based in Blackpool. Volvo B8R MCV Evora 1306 (BV24LNA) and ADL Enviro200 1332 (YX68ULW) have both entered service on route 24 between Blackpool and Fleetwood, a second Evora is expected to join the fleet soon. Shown here are some of the Transpora South West buses that have been seen around Blackpool in recent months.

Transpora ADL Enviro200 1332 on Stanah Road in Thornton on route 24 on 19th July
Transpora ADL Enviro200 YX68ULY at Cleveleys on 7th May
Transpora Enviro400 2606 in Cleveleys on route 21 to Fleetwood on 24th April
Transpora Volvo B9TL 2802 on route 26 on Blackpool Promenade on 8th June
Evora 1306 on Cleveleys Promenade on route 24 with a rather unhelpful destination display
Transpora ADL Enviro200 1332 on Hillylaid Road in Thornton
A rear view of Volvo MCV Evora 1306 on route 24 on Meadows Avenue in Thornton
Transpora Volvo B9TL Wright Gemini 2802 on route 26 in Blackpool on 8th June
Transpora Volvo B9TL 2802 parked up at Blackpool Coach Station on 8th June
Transpora Volvo MCV Evora 1306 parked up in Cleveleys before entering service on 19th July
Transpora Volvo MCV Evora 1306 at Cleveleys Bus Station with Enviro400 2602
Evora 1306 leaving Cleveleys Bus Station at 0915 for its debut outing on route 24 on 19th July

Thursday 18 July 2024

Transpora South West ADL E200 Moves to Blackpool

Transpora ADL E200 YX68ULW on the 1715 departure to Blackpool from Cleveleys Bus Station
Following the cessation of Transpora Bus operations in the Bristol area during the last week, some of their buses are moving north to begin a new life on the Fylde Coast with Transpora North West. ADL E200 YX68ULW was spotted working on Transpora's route 24 in Cleveleys this afternoon, after only having left Bristol a couple of days ago. The yellow, orange and grey livery over a white base introduces yet another colour scheme to Transpora North West's varied fleet.

Transpora ADL E200 YX68ULW at Cleveleys Bus Station on 18th July

A rear view of Transpora ADL E200 YX68ULW at Cleveleys Bus Station

Wednesday 17 July 2024

Box Junction repainted at Talbot Square

Workers repainting the box junction while Flexity 016 on route 3 crosses into Talbot Square
The badly worn out yellow box junction, where the tramway crosses the Promenade at Talbot Square, has finally been repainted. Workmen were busy repainting the Talbot Square box junction on Wednesday 17th July, with the southbound Promenade traffic lanes coned off one lane at a time, to enable the work to be completed while maintaining the traffic flow.

Flexity 017 on route 2 to Starr Gate crossing the partially repainted box junction

Transpora Scania Omnicity YT09ZCJ on route 21 passing the newly painted box junction
Flexity 015 & 016 and the faded yellow box junction at Talbot Square on 19th June

Friday 21 June 2024

North Station Tramway First Week Pictorial

Flexity 012 at North Station on service T3 to Fleetwood Ferry on 19th June

The new North Station tram line along Talbot Road in Blackpool fully opened for passenger service on Sunday 16th June. The first service car, Flexity 015, set off from Starr Gate at 06:55 on route T2 to North Station, stopping at Talbot Square before arriving at North Station at 07:19. Flexity 015 then left North Station at 07:30 on route T3 to Fleetwood Ferry. The photos shown here were all taken during the first week of operation of the Talbot Road tramway, with most of the shots being taken on Monday 17th and Wednesday 19th June. Trams operate every 30 minutes on each of the three routes (T1, T2 & T3) and the peak requirement is four trams for operating the T3 Fleetwood Ferry to North Station route, with only two trams being required for the shorter T2 Starr Gate to North Station service. The Promenade T1 Starr Gate to Fleetwood Ferry direct service isn't covered by this report.

Flexity 016 crossing Abington Street on the 10:30 T3 service to Fleetwood on 19th June
Flexity 008 (T3) and 018 (T2) at North Station on Monday 17th June
Flexity 012 on a T3 service from Fleetwood Ferry on Wednesday 19th June
The island platform at North Station with Flexity 013 on service T3 to Fleetwood
Flexity 018 on Talbot Road with a service T2 from Starr Gate on 19th June
Flexity 012 on a T2 at Talbot Square on 17th June, notice the wonky platform name sign
Flexity 016 turning into Talbot Square on a service T3 from Fleetwood on 19th June
Flexity 001 leaving Talbot Square on the 17:30 T3 to Fleetwood Ferry on Monday 17th June
Flexity 012 on service T2 passing Stagecoach ADL E400 11698 on route 61 from Preston
Flexity 015 (T2) meets 016 (T3) at Talbot Square on Wednesday 19th June
Flexity 018 heads up Talbot Road on a service T2 from Starr Gate on Monday 17th June
Flexity 012 crossing Dickson Road on the 11:15 arrival from Fleetwood Ferry on 19th June
Flexity 011 arriving at North Station on a T2 on the first day of service on 16th June
Flexity 018 turning south out of Talbot Square on service T2 to Starr Gate on 19th June
Flexity 008 leaving North Station on the 17:00 T3 service to Fleetwood on 17th June
Flexity 008 (T3) and 015 (T2) at North Station on Wednesday 19th June
The T3 terminus buffer stops at North Station, as viewed from the island platform
The pedestrian subway entrance steps and ramp from North Station
A view through the pedestrian subway looking towards the tram station

Sunday 16 June 2024

First Service Tram to North Station

Flexity 015 stopping to pick up passengers at Talbot Square for the very first time at 07:14
Sunday 16th June saw the first day of passenger service on the Talbot Road tramway extension to North Station. Flexity 015 had the honour of being the first tram to North Station. 015 was due to leave Starr Gate at 06:55 on route "T2 North Station", stopping at Talbot Square at 07:14 before making a timetabled arrival at North Station at 07:19. Flexity 015 departed from North Station a few minutes later at 07:30 on route "T3 Fleetwood Ferry".

Flexity 015 turning into Talbot Square to become the first service tram to use the new tramway extension

Riding onboard Flexity 015 between Talbot Square and North Station on the debut run
Flexity 015 departed from North Station on service "T3 Fleetwood Ferry" at 07:30
A public information sign at North Pier advertising the new tram service

Saturday 15 June 2024

Balloon 700 to North Station

Balloon 700 in Talbot Square on its way to the North Station interchange.
Saturday 15th June saw Balloon 700 operating several full system tours of the tramway, that included a run along the Talbot Road extension to the North Station interchange station. The photos in this post are of the 15:55 Balloon tour from Starr Gate.

Balloon 700 leaving the North Station tram stop using the scissors crossing

Balloon 700 starting its short run up Talbot Road to the terminus at North Station
Balloon 700 making its way back down Talbot Road

Friday 14 June 2024

LRT Talbot Road Extension Tour

Flexity 018 using the scissors crossing as it leaves the North Station terminus
Following the official opening of the Talbot Road tramway extension on Wednesday 12th June, a series of events to celebrate the occasion were planned over the following three days, including depot tours, full system tram tours, etc. On the Thursday, Friday and Saturday a number of full system tours had been planned, using Flexity trams on all three days, with the addition of heritage double deck tram tours on Saturday 15th June. The photos shown here are of Flexity 018 operating the 15:55 LRT Talbot Road Extension Tour from Starr Gate on Friday 14th June.

Flexity 018 entering Talbot Square on its way to North Station

Flexity 018 passing Mercedes Citaro 558 on route 3 to Mereside on Talbot Road
Flexi 018 crossing over Dickson Road as it heads off down Talbot Road towards Fleetwood