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Blackpool Illuminations Switch On 2019

5 months ago Fri 9th Aug 2019

We are coming into a very busy period for the resort with the Illuminations Switch-On event on Friday 30 August. This event means that the Promenade will be closed in the Tower area so we have to make some changes to our services to keep you moving.

Illuminations Switch-On 
Friday 30 August 2019

The illuminations are always a busy time of year for Blackpool and this year will be no different. The concert will affect our buses from 10:00 am and our trams from 1 pm as the services will not be able to access the Promenade area in front of the Tower.


Trams will run as normal until 13:00 each day. From 13:00, the tramway will be split into two sections due to the Promenade closing. A tram service will run from Starr Gate to Central Pier (South Section), and between North Pier and Fleetwood Ferry (North section).

Due to the venue setup, we can only take customers as far as Central Pier. You will see trams travelling to the Tower stop but will not be able to board them, they are only using this section to turn around.

Trams in the south section between Starr Gate and Central Pier will run every 15 minutes. Trams in the north section between North Pier and Fleetwood Ferry will run roughly every 12 minutes. We’ll also be adding some extra journeys throughout the day as well to keep you moving.

If you want to travel between the two sections you can still buy a fare for your entire journey, but you'll need to change trams and walk between Central Pier and North Pier. 

You can have a look at the tram timetable for the Switch-On weekend, just make sure you select the date on which you wish to travel.


Buses will run as normal until 10:00. From 10:00 we won’t be able to use most of the bus stops in the town centre or the Promenade as the road will be closed between Chapel Street and North Pier

From 10:00 some buses will be diverted, and services 5, 6, & 7 will run a split service meaning that any journeys beyond the town centre on these routes will require a change of bus.

Most bus services will start/finish at either Talbot Road, Dickson Road, or New Bonny Street. 

Some services will also run to a different timetable to keep you moving, so please check these before you travel here. Just make sure to select the date you wish to travel.

View a list of where your bus will stop in the town centre from 10:00 on Friday 30 August. You can also view a map of where your services will stop from 10:00 on Friday 30 August and following Friday's and Saturday's during the Illuminations here. 

From 10:00, Service 1 will run between Fleetwood and Blackpool town centre only.

Most buses will run to their usual frequency, but Services 5, 6 & 7 will be running a split service, meaning any travel across Blackpool Town Centre on these services will require a change of bus. Service 5 and 6 will run every 15 mins in the daytime and the 7 will run every 20 mins.

Service 5 to Victoria Hospital, Service 6 to Grange Park & Service 7 to Cleveleys will all terminate at New Bonny Street.

You'll need to catch these buses from Abingdon Street at temporary stops outside Coop or Talbot Road, outside Wilko's for your onward journey.

Service 5 to Halfway House and Service 6 to Mereside will terminate on Abingdon Street, and Service 7 to Lytham will terminate on Talbot Road outside Wilko’s.

You'll need to catch these buses from New Bonny Street, opposite Coral Island for your onward journey.

We will run a free shuttle bus to help you get across the town centre if you are making an onward journey. Just ask your driver where to catch the shuttle bus from. You’ll still be able to buy single fares for your entire journey, so you won’t have to pay any extra.

View the timetable for each service in our Routes & Maps section. Just be sure to change the date to the day/time at which you wish to travel to view the correct timetable.

During this period, it may be easier to use alternative bus routes to get to your location. Use our Journey Planner which may help you to plan a quicker journey. If you prefer to talk to a member of the team, just get in touch and we'll be happy to help.

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