Frustration after damage causes partial closure of Blackpool's tram network

The line between Bispham and Little Bispham was closed at around 6:20am this morning due to overhead wires on the tracks, with replacement bus services in placerunning from Starr Gate to Fleetwood.
The line between Bispham and Little Bispham was closed at around 6:20am this morning due to overhead wires on the tracks, with replacement bus services in placerunning from Starr Gate to Fleetwood.

Blackpool's tram lines were partially closed today, causing frustration for commuters enjoying the seaside sunshine.

The line between Bispham and Little Bispham was closed at around 6:20am this morning (Saturday, April 21) due to overhead wires on the tracks, with replacement bus services in place running from Starr Gate to Fleetwood.

Blackpool Transport later tweeted that trams were running every 10 minutes between Starr Gate and Bispham only because of the downed wires.

The closure caused problems for Wigan Athletic supporters travelling to their fixture vs Fleetwood Town via Blackpool.

Fleetwood Town Police tweeted: "Wigan Athletic fans travelling to Highbury today; if you are going to Blackpool first please be aware that due to damage the tram lines are shut north of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

"You will need to catch the Number One and Number 14 buses.

"Our advice is to go straight to Fleetwood."

One Twitter user, @lancstic, said: "Nightmare getting from Blackpool to Fleetwood, no trams and bus took about an hour.

"I suggest getting a taxi."

Another user, Michael Fulton, said: "Trams lines are down at Norbreck Castle for those heading from Blackpool."

At around 4pm Blackpool Transport tweeted: "Tram will now be resuming service to Fleetwood Ferry. Sorry for the inconvenience for any delays."