Tram costs shelved for port parade

Event organisers are now charged for stopping trams. Below: Trevor Roberts.
Event organisers are now charged for stopping trams. Below: Trevor Roberts.

Blackpool Transport bosses have pledged to waive the cost of stopping trams in Fleetwood for a Remembrance Day parade after organisers claimed the cost was placing a financial burden on them.

Transport bosses met town councillors this week to discuss the impact new charges are having.

Trevor Roberts, managing director of Blackpool Transport

Trevor Roberts, managing director of Blackpool Transport

Blackpool Transport pledged to waive the fees for the Remembrance Day parade but no decision has been made over other popular events.

As of this year organisers of Tram Sunday and Fleetwood Carnival have been asked to pay around £500 to suspend the town centre tram service.

Councillors fear charities could be the ones to lose out if organisers of fund-raising events are forced to pay hundreds of pounds to stop trams running along Lord Street.

Town council chairman Alan Marsh said: “It was a very constructive meeting – we have started a dialogue.”

He said he accepts Blackpool Transport has a business to run but hopes to find a mutually acceptable solution.

Coun Terry Rogers, who organises the Remembrance Day events, said: “We have spent several years building this back up to a major event within Fleetwood.

“I think the bosses realise that this is not just a local event, it is a national event to remember all our war dead.”

However, Coun Marsh said he was concerned that if event organisers were put off by the charges it could have an impact on businesses who rely on increased trade during those busier days.

He added: “There has to be a balance there somewhere, particularly with the smaller groups that don’t have funding.”

Blackpool Transport managing director Trevor Roberts said: “It was a very amicable and positive meeting.

“We have come away to consider all the points they have raised and once we have had a chance to do that we will be getting in touch.

“At the end of the day it costs us – there’s a cost to turning wires off.”

However, he said that he was pleased to be able to support the Remembrance Day event.

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