Every transport enthusiast knows that Blackpool, the famous seaside resort on England’s northwest coast, is noted for its historic and modern tramway system and this being so, the buses are often overlooked. However this is not the case with the independent transport videos cameras! This is our third programme featuring the buses of Blackpool Transport, the first in 2008 showing the fleet in the ‘Metro’ liveries, our second in 2010 as the yellow and black swooping livery was being introduced and now in 2018 as the ‘Palladium’ brand is being established, featuring not only a completely new look, but a fleet of brand new buses! This DVD programme was filmed in the late summer of 2017 and in July 2018, so it shows a number of the older buses before they left the fleet during 2017 and the latest arrivals in 2018. We also feature the buses of Stagecoach and some of the local independents to complete the scene.
Blackpool Transport introduced the ‘Palladium’ brand in 2015. The base colour of the livery is mid-grey and this is complimented by a lemon swoop with a chrome fleet name. At the time of filming the ‘Palladium’ fleet was made up of 55 ADL Enviro400 City double-deckers delivered during 2016 & 2017. The single-decker fleet contained 8 Volvo B7RLEs with Plaxton Centro bodywork, 9 Mercedes-Benz Citaros and 17 ADL Enviro 200MMCs that had just been delivered as we began filming in July 2018! Older members of the fleet retain the yellow and black livery and these include a number of Dennis/Transbus Tridents with East Lancs bodywork and some Wrightbus bodied Volvo B7RLE single-deckers as well as some Optare Solos filmed during the 2017 visit. Of particular interest are the East Lancs bodied DAF double-deckers that began service with Bus Vannin on the Isle of Man, numbered between 354 and 372. Look out for Volvo 524 and Dennis Trident 332 as they are painted in a green and cream heritage livery.
The 2017 filming takes place along Blackpool Promenade and in Lytham town centre on Clifton Street. A visit to St Annes completes the 2017 review. The majority of this programme was filmed in July 2018. We begin our filming during the busy late afternoon period in the town centre at various locations and then move along to the Promenade, where we see a good number of buses returning to the Rigby Road depot at the end of their duties for the day. Further locations include a visit to Fleetwood and Cleveleys. At Cleveleys we also see ‘Balloon’ tram 711 running through on a driver training duty. Our cameras then take a ride on 428 (SN17 MHA) an ADL Enviro400 City on Route 7 from Starr Gate to Lytham town centre. At Lytham we film the action and also at St Annes town centre, both places being a hive of activity with both Blackpool Transport and Stagecoach buses.
We complete this Blackpool’s Buses programme with a few trams! At Starr Gate we see historic single-deck Brush car 623 setting off on a Promenade tour and a repositioning movement of brand new Bombardier Flexity 2 tram 017. Our final shots show the first Flexity tram, 001 arriving at Starr Gate as the very latest Flexity 018 departing! Enjoy!
Produced by Independent Transport Videos
Running time - 58 minutes (approx)
Format - 16:9 Widescreen
Release date - September 2018