Double-deck Balloon tram at Bispham
|Service type||Tramway, urban and interurban bus services, school bus|
|Destinations||Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Kirkham, Knott End, Poulton le Fylde|
|Fleet||170 buses, 75 trams|
|Operator||Blackpool Transport Services Ltd|
|Chief executive||Steve Burd|
|Web site||Official Website|
Blackpool Transport Services (BTS) is a bus and tram operator running within the boroughs of Blackpool and Fylde and into the surrounding area, including Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Poulton le Fylde and Kirkham. BTS is a limited company wholly owned by Blackpool Borough Council, which makes it one of the few remaining municipal bus companies in the UK today.
The company's network was relaunched in April 2001 under the name Metro Coastlines. Along with the new name came a new colour-coded service: each core bus route is operated by vehicles painted in a livery heavily featuring that route's colour. There are twelve such core bus routes, and the historic tramway along the promenade also has its own variation of the livery.
The company operates many tram types, including:
Fares on Blackpool Transport depend on the distance travelled. Although there is a cap on buses to how much can be charged for one single/Return journey. Most tickets can be purchased from the bus driver of first bus boarded. On trams, most tickets can be purchased from the conductor or driver. Pensioners who hold a valid nowcard (concessionary travel card scheme in Lancashire) can travel FREE on the bus and trams all other none lancashire residents must pay on the trams but not on the bus. Children under five also travel FREE. Drivers and conductors are happy to give change in small dominations when possiable .
|Single||£2.20 or less||£1.10 or less|
|Return (not available on trams)||£4.10 or less||£2.05 or less|
|Metro Saver + - day ticket, all zones (bus only)||£3.80||£1.90|
|Day travelcard (Bus+Tram) All zones||£6.00||£5.50|
Routes & Paint SchemesEdit
Each line has its own individual route colour which is painted with a contrasting colour of yellow, and there are also Black generic painted buses which can be used on any line if a branded vehicle cannot be used for any reason. Each bus stop also features the line colour and timetables are also colour coded.
Since 2002 local bus services have not used the 1960s bus station located on Talbot Road. The town centre Blackpool Transport offices were relocated to Market Street. The two parallel roads Corporation Street (Northbound) and Market Street (Southbound), are both located near the Promenade, North pier, town hall and shopping district. They are now classed as the main town centre stops for bus services 5, 7, 10, 11, 14, 16 and 20. The other services, 2, 2C, 3,4,6 and 15 main town centre stop is located at the Winter Gardens/Abdingdon Street (Northbound and Southbound)
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