The tramway runs from Blackpool to Fleetwood on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire and is the only surviving first-generation tramway in the UK, it is operated by Blackpool Transport Services Ltd. The tramway dates back to 1885 and is one of the oldest electric tramways in the world. In April 2014 a £100 million pound upgrade of the system was completed which saw the saw the replacement of 11 miles of track, creation of a new depot and introduction of a fleet of 16 state-of-the-art trams, this was done over a four year project.
The newly upgraded system see’s faster journey times along the Fylde coast, with easy access and integrated Blackpool1 tickets. The new trams (Bombardier Flexity2’s) have level boarding and step-free interiors and designated disabled/pushchair areas making them accessible to all. The Tramway still retains a number of the original Heritage Fleet for Tours, summer and Illuminations services (please see the Heritage Trams section for more information).