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The trains run to Blackpool North and Blackpool South stations from Preston and many other destinations. Blackpool North is the main station but for a day trip to the Pleasure Beach, change at Kirkham and take the Blackpool South line; the last station before Blackpool South is the Pleasure Beach. A special discount train and tram ticket can be purchased at this web address. Kingdom

Trams are also popular means of transport harking back to the days of old. The first tram line in Blackpool opened along the Promenade in 1885, and was the first electric tramway in the country. The Tramway is run by Blackpool Borough Transport, which is owned by Blackpool Borough Council. The system eventually expanded to serve much of the Fylde coast and towns inland. The line to Fleetwood was opened in 1888, and became part of the Blackpool Corporation system in 1920. Line closures began in 1936, but the bulk of the network was closed in the early 1960s, leaving only the line from Starr Gate (just to the south of Blackpool) along the Promenade and up to Fleetwood.

The Promenade trams run next to the road, then after a short section of street-running the line runs on reserved track for the ride to Fleetwood. In Fleetwood trams join the street again, and there is a short one-way loop to reach the terminus.

There are 76 trams (including 8 preserved trams) and 7 trailer cars. They are a variety of ages and designs, with a mix of double- and single-deckers, open- and closed-top cars, and special illuminated trams.

There is a very useful Blackpool Tram website if you are interested in Trams. This will give you lots of information about developments

Taxis of course feature very heavily especially late at night and there are many available. Buses are run under national operators Please check the links to the right of this page for useful links.

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