£2m tram museum boost for town

John Woodman
John Woodman

FLEETWOOD will be give a massive boost when a £2m tram museum opens in the town – according to the team behind the move.

The proposed museum would house six vintage vehicles from Blackpool Transport’s stock, with further plans to bring an additional three or four tramcars to Fleetwood from overseas.

The group involved in the move, the Friends of Fleetwood Trams, say the project is a realistic one and they are confident they can open as soon as July next year.

They believe the project will become a major tourist attraction for the town, and will play a key role in regenerating Fleetwood.

Although the former Stena depot has been mentioned as a possible site for the facility, the exact location still cannot be named yet,

John Woodman, development partner of the Friends group, told the Weekly News: “We are not yet at the stage in which we can confirm the site – there is more than one option at the moment.

“But we are very close to firming up a location and once we have that then we will begin our funding bid which we are confident will be successful

“We are currently seeing the creation of multi-million pound transport scheme – the modern supertram – which will bring hundreds of holiday makers from Blackpool to Fleetwood.

“When they come here they will want to see attractions worth coming here for.

“With the tram museum and the Jacinta trawler, it could be just the start of things for this town.”

The group will kick-start their project this weekend when the first of the six trams will come to Fleetwood on a low loader lorry for Tran Sunday – the only tram to appear in this year’s transport festival.