Fleetwood set for return of the trams

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HERE come the trams!

Fleetwood is preparing for the official return of the service into the town next week.

The much-awaited comeback will be launched on Tuesday, April 3, as one of the sleek new Bombardier Flexity 2 trams carries 40 competition winners from Blackpool to Fleetwood.

Along the way it will stop at Victoria Square in Cleveleys and Euston Square in Fleetwood, and the public is invited to come along and cheer the tram’s arrival to mark this important boost to Wyre’s economy.

Trial runs have been held in Fleetwood this week; on Monday a vintage tram rolled down Lord Street for the first time in almost 18 months, and a Flexity 2 tram was all set to follow this week. The full launch of the service is next Wednesday, April 4.

Trevor Roberts, managing director of Blackpool Transport (pictured), told the Weekly News: “With the completion of the overhead wiring we have been testing the track out using some of our older trams. There is to be a gauging run by the new Bombardier trams around Fleetwood this week to make sure everything is suited to their length and width.

“There are concerns that parked vehicles may hinder the new trams progress so we need to understand if there are any pinch points. Then hopefully after that the drivers can start training on this last remaining section of the tramway ready for the full service launch on Wednesday April 4.”

Coun Gordon McCann, economy portfolio holder at Wyre Council, said: “You cannot underestimate what the return of the trams means to businesses in Cleveleys and Fleetwood. Trade has suffered in their absence, but at long last we have one of our lifelines back.”.”

A cake cutting ceremony and champagne toast will take place on the Cleveleys platform at approximately 10.45am. A similar welcome will be provided in Fleetwood at around 11.15am with music from the Wyre Levee Stompers and a reception at the North Euston Hotel. Events are being organised jointly by Wyre Council, Thornton Cleveleys Association of Commerce and Trade, Fleetwood Town Council and Fleetwood Chamber of Trade.