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Blackpool's trams back on track

3 April 10 11:59 GMT

Blackpool's tram system is back up and running after a five-month closure.

The service, which runs along the seafront to Fleetwood, is part of the way through a £100m revamp.

After work started last year on the new tracks and extra stops, the track is now fully open, apart from a section between Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

That section is expected to be open by the end of May, following delays caused by the theft of electrical cable, Blackpool Council said.

Further closures

The service will close again next winter for more work.

When completed the upgrade will make travel easier for disabled passengers and those with pushchairs.

New low-level trams will operate on an increased frequency of service when the scheme is completed in two years.

The tramway, which is owned by Blackpool Council, has been operating since 1885 and carries about four million passengers a year.

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