New Blackpool tram derailed on first journey [BBC News]





Date: 04/04/2012

The first of Blackpool's new trams to set off from Fleetwood after a £100m upgrade has come off the rails. Trevor Roberts, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport, said the derailment took place at about 05:55 BST near the Fleetwood Ferry. The problem occurred one day after the tramway's official reopening and is affecting services around Fleetwood. [From Mark Bartlett]


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New tram derailed on first trip
New Blackpool tram

BBC News

One of the first of Blackpool's new fleet of trams is derailed on its first journey after the famous attraction underwent a £100m upgrade.

First fare-paying tram derailed by sand

Blackpool Gazette

The derailment of a tram containing the first fare-paying passengers due to sand on the tracks at Fleetwood today took the shine off the launch of the gleaming new fleet of Bombardier Flexity trams.

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A new Flexity tram waits to leave Fleetwood Ferry on Day 2 of scheduled services since reopening of the tramway after refurbishment. Just ahead of the tram is the curve where the first scheduled service on Day 1 was derailed due to a build up of sand in the track. However services were quickly back on schedule.
Location: Fleetwood Ferry
Company: Blackpool Tramroad and Blackpool and Fleetwood Tramroad
05/04/2012 Mark Bartlett


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