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Metro Coastlines
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Double-deck Balloon tram at Bispham
Founded 1885
Headquarters Blackpool
Locale Lancashire
Service area  United Kingdom
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
Managing director Trevor Roberts
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, Preston. 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.

There are now 4 guaranteed Low Floor bus routes, Line 3, Line 5, Line 14 and line 16. Line 4 and Line 7 are usually operated by low Floor buses (Line 4 = Optare Solo, Line 7 = Optare Excel) but often have standard floor buses substituted. Line 11 is part Low Floor being part operated by a fleet of 9 East lancashire Dennis Tridents.

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Bus types

The company operates many bus types, including:

Fares

Fares on Blackpool Transport depend on the distance travelled, although on buses there is a cap per journey. Most tickets can be purchased from the driver of the 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 buses and trams, passes from other parts of England are accepted for travel on the buses only. Children under five also travel free. Drivers and conductors may also be able to give change in small denominations.

One day TravelCards can be purchased on any bus or tram, and longer term TravelCards can be purchased at offices and agents.

Bus routes and paint schemes

Number 11 bus

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)

Route Number North Terminus Major Stops South Terminus Vehicle
Line 1 Fleetwood Ferry Fleetwood, Cleveleys, Little Bispham, Gynn Square, Blackpool Tower, Rigby Road, Pleasure Beach, Starr Gate Blackpool Airport Leyland Olympians, Dennis Trident 2
Line 2 Poulton Poulton, Blackpool North Train Station, Oxford Square, Waterloo Road, St. Annes Square, Lytham Square, Kirkham Wesham Optare Solo/Optare MetroRider
Line 2C Knott End Ferry Knott End, Stalmine, Hambleton, Poulton, Blackpool North Train Station, Oxford Square South Pier Optare Solo/Optare MetroRider
Line 3 - Low Floor Cleveleys Cleveleys, Bispham College, Gynn Square, Talbot Road, Oxford Square, Penrose Avenue, Mereside estate Mereside Tesco Optare Solo
Line 4 Cleveleys Park Cleveleys, Norbreck, Little Bispham, Talbot Road, Stanley Park, Oxford Square, Mereside estate Mereside Tesco Optare Solo
Line 5 - Low Floor Victoria Hospital Layton Square, Market Street, Coronation Street, Waterloo Hotel, Farmers Arms Pub, Blackpool Business Park Halfway House Optare Solo
Line 6 Grange Park Estate Layton Square, Winter Gardens, Market Street, Bloomfield Road, Asda, Mereside estate Mereside Tesco Optare Delta/DAF SB220
Line 7 Cleveleys Bispham Library, Devonshire Arms Hotel, Corporation Street/ Market Street, Halfway House, St. Annes Square, Lytham Square Saltcotes Road Optare Excel
Line 10 Market Street (Blackpool Town Centre) Rigby Road, Watson Road Bridge, Highfield Road Booths Midgeland Road Optare MetroRider
Line 11 Cleveleys Bispham College, Bispham village, Layton Square, Corporation Street/ Market Street, Somerfields, Blackpool Airport, St Annes Square, Ansdell, Lytham Square St. Annes Square, Lytham Square Dennis Trident 2, Optare Delta, Volvo Olympian
Line 14 - Low Floor Fleetwood Freeport Fleetwood Ferry Terminal, Four Lane Ends, Sixth Form College, Corporation Street/Market Street, Spen Corner, Spring Gardens ' St. Annes Square Dennis Trident 2
Line 15 Poulton Castle Gardens, Bispham College, Blackpool Technology Park, Gynn Square, Dickson Road, Victoria Hospital' Staining Optare MetroRider
Line 16 - low Floor Cleveleys Cleveleys, Norcross, Bispham, Grange Park, Victoria Hospital, Stanley Park, Mereside Tesco, Blackpool Airport, Manchester Square Market Street Optare Solo
Line 20 City Sightseeing Marton Mere Blackpool Zoo, Stanley Park, Winter Gardens, Blackpool Tower, Pleasure Beach Blackpool Airport Open top Leyland Olympians
  • All routes above either terminate or pass through Blackpool Town centre (Stopping at either Market Street, Corporation Street or Abingdon Street bus stops).

Tram routes and paint schemes

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Simple English

Blackpool Transport Services (BTS) is a bus and tram operator running within the boroughs of Blackpool and Fylde and into the surrounding area. This includes Fleetwood, Lytham St Annes, Poulton le Fylde and Kirkham. BTS is wholly owned by Blackpool Borough Council. It makes it one of the few remaining municipal bus companies in the United Kingdom today.


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