Long ago, as a kid growing up in what was then Lancashire, my parents took me for a ride on the Blackpool Tram. I well remember the clatter of the rickety old tramcar as it trundled along the promenade towards Fleetwood, its fading paintwork a sad reminder of Blackpool’s bygone heyday as a fashionable seaside resort.
I’m now old and rickety, but the Blackpool Tram has a new lease of life. In 2008 the Council embarked on an £85 million modernisation programme, including shiny new tramcars, track upgrades and a landmark new depot at Starr Gate. The depot was constructed by Volker Fitzpatrick (VF) under a design/build contract based on the NEC3 ECC. Completion was certified in May 2011 and the restored tramway came back into service in early 2012. Continue reading