Bus Diversions During the Illuminations 2019

1 year ago Sat 12th Oct 2019

On Fridays, Saturdays and every night during the October half-term (20 October – 2 November) our services 5, 6 and 7 will be running a split service to help keep you running on time during Blackpool's busiest time of year. Also, please note the below - 

  • Services 11 and 17 will also have a small change which will see them stop on New Bonny Street rather than Market Street. Changing the services in this way helps us to keep you moving throughout the illuminations.
  • Services 3 & 4 will be diverting from 5pm daily between Sunday 20 October and Saturday 2 November in the Bispham area. This is due to anticipated traffic congestion with the beginning of the school half-term holidays. Check the service updates page for specific information on the 3 & 4 diversion
  • Services 9, 14, 18 and 19 which have recently returned to the town centre (Corporation Street) following the completion of works will also have a change to where they stop in Blackpool during the Illuminations on Fridays, Saturdays and every night during the October half-term. Services 9 and 14 will be stopping on Queen Street at Central Library and services 18 and 19 will stop on Abingdon Street.

To keep everything running as smoothly as possible we've also introduced some changes to our timetables as well during this period to help buses run on time. Most routes will have extra time in the timetables so they have more time during their route to beat the congestion in the town and get you where you want to be.

Service 3, 4, 9 & 11 have a slightly reduced frequency on Saturday's so they have the time they need to run on time as much as possible. Service 1 will be finishing service a little earlier due to the traffic levels along the promenade. You can check the new timetables for these services in the Routes & Maps section, just select the dates you want to travel.

The split services (service 5, 6 & 7 only) will begin at 6pm until the end of service every Friday & Saturday between 31 August and 19 October.
They will then begin at 5pm daily from 20 October to 2 November.

A free shuttle bus to help you travel across the town centre will run regularly. Just ask your driver where to catch the shuttle bus from.

Service 5 to Victoria Hospital, Service 6 to Grange Park & Service 7 to Cleveleys will all terminate on the New Bonny Street near Coral Island.
You’ll need to change buses and catch the bus from the town centre stops for your onward journey.

Service 5 to Halfway House and Service 6 to Mereside will terminate at temporary stops in St John's Square, and Service 7 to Lytham will terminate opposite Wilko on Talbot Road.

To continue your journey, you’ll need to change buses and catch the bus from New Bonny Street, opposite Coral Island.
You’ll still be able to buy single fares for your entire journey so you won’t have to pay any extra. 


Please expect delays and disruption to bus services throughout this period. Our teams are doing their best to stay on time but the unpredictability of traffic and congestion makes this very difficult. Please allow plenty of extra time for your journey.

We've put a handy list of stopping locations together which come into effect on Friday & Saturday evenings and each night during the half-term holidays. (20 October to 2 November)

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