Monday 29 May 2023

All Change at Little Bispham

Passengers leaving Flexity 003 at Little Bispham and heading for the northbound bus stop
Monday 29th May brought major problems for Blackpool Transport, the electrical power supply for the tramway was not working, meaning that both service trams and heritage trams were unable to run on what should have been a busy bank holiday. Fortunately by 11 am a partial service as far as Little Bispham was able to be operated, heritage trams also began to run to either Bispham or Little Bispham. A tramway replacement bus service was in operation between Little Bispham and Fleetwood, with the buses travelling south to Bispham to turn around and for their layover break. Open top Leyland Olympian 857 ran as a heritage tram replacement service, shuttling between Bispham and Fleetwood every hour. During the afternoon a normal tram service resumed, with Flexity 002 running the first through service to Fleetwood, departing from Starr Gate at 1430. Balloon 700 operated the first through heritage tour of the day to Fleetwood, leaving the Pleasure Beach at 1610.

Southbound passengers waiting to board Flexity 003 at Little Bispham
Enviro 458 arriving at Little Bispham from Fleetwood on the tram replacement service
Heritage Tram replacement open top Olympian 857 at Little Bispham
Flexity 006 turning around on the loop at Little Bispham
Enviro 442 on the tram replacement service at Red Bank Road, Bispham
Flexity 003 at Bispham with tram replacement buses 442 & 414 laying over
Enviro 427 arriving at Bispham on the tram replacement bus service
Heritage tram replacement Olympian 857 arriving at Bispham from Fleetwood
Tram replacement buses 414, 442 & 449 (left to right) at Bispham
Flexity 002 operated the first through service to Fleetwood, seen northbound at Bispham at 1500
Boat 600 heading south at Bispham
Balloon 723, Flexity 011 & Olympian 857 seen at Bispham mid afternoon
Balloon 700 on the first heritage tram trip of the day to Fleetwood, which left Pharos Street at 1715

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