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Approved! Blackpool’s £100m tram upgrade

June 22nd, 2009

A £100 million upgrade of Blackpool’s 120 year old tramway has been approved and funding has been confirmed by transport minister Sadiq Khan.

The total investment in the Tramway system amounts to £68.3 million from the Department for Transport and £33.4 million from the local council.

Work on the traditional tramway will include replacing 8 km of track, accessibility improvements, tram priority at junctions, a new depot and the purchase of 16 Bombardier Flexity 2 trams.

Old Blackpool Tram

Old Blackpool Tram

BAM Nutall will handle the track replacement – which is scheduled to be completed by Easter 2012 -  Volker Fitzpatrick has been chosen to build a £20 million tram depot at Starr Gate.

Mr. Khan said: “Trams have been running in Blackpool for over 100 years – I hope this funding will mean the historic, world-famous Tramway can continue to run well into the future,” he said.

The tramway, which is owned by Blackpool Council, has been operating since 1885

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