Travelling by Bus During the Illuminations

3 months ago Wed 26th Aug 2020

**Update** Monday 02 November 2020

Following recent updates to COVID-19 restrictions in England, Blackpool's Illuminations will be suspended until further notice from Thursday 05 November.

Due to this, from Thursday 05 November, our bus services will not be diverting in the town centre and will use their regular stops in the evenings. This includes diversions to services 3 and 4 in Bispham and services 7 and 11 in the Squires Gate Area.

On Monday 02, Tuesday 03 and Wednesday 04 November, services will divert as per the current illuminations diversions to avoid potential congestion in the town centre.

Please feel free to get in touch if we can help with planning your journeys.

Unfortunately, new restrictions mean that our Heritage Tours are temporarily suspended until the 3rd December at this moment in time. Please visit for further information.

Coronavirus Guidance Update, Friday 16 October

The Government has announced that Blackpool and Lancashire will enter Tier 3 Restrictions from Saturday 17th October. This means that there are further restrictions in place, which you can read about HERE.

The latest government guidance means that you should:

  • Aim to reduce the number of journeys you make
  • Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport
  • Walk or cycle where possible

You should also follow the Government’s safer travel advice and make sure you do not travel at all if you:

You can see further advice and guidance about travelling safely at 

Travelling during the Blackpool Illuminations

To keep our buses moving through the town centre, we’ll need to make some changes to the routes they take during the busy illuminations period.

This means that during our busier evenings, your bus services will be diverted and you might need to catch them in a different place than you’re used to so make sure to check before you travel.

Friday 23 October until Saturday 07 November - from 5pm daily

During the October half term holidays between 23 October and 07 November some of our bus services will change where they stop in the town centre from 5pm.

After 07 November, our teams will have assessed the impact to our services caused by potential congestion and we will update if the diversions are to continue over the winter period.

Take a look at our handy map and guide to where your buses stop in the town centre here.

Service 1

Due to congestion along the promenade, our service 1 will be running between Fleetwood Ferry and Blackpool North Station each evening from around 6 pm.

You can check the timetable for our service 1 here.

Services 3 and 4

During the above dates, services 3 and 4 will be diverting in the Bispham area to avoid congestion along the promenade.

Services 3 and 4 to Cleveleys will use their normal route to Warbreck Drive before diverting via Cavendish Road and Devonshire Road. Service 3 will return to its normal route in Bispham Village and service 4 will return to it's normal route on Norbreck Road.

Services towards Mereside Tesco will divert via Devonshire Road and Cavendish Road before returning to normal route on Warbreck Drive.

You can see the full diversion route for services 3 and 4 here.

Services 5, 6 and 7 Northbound

From Friday 02 October there will be a change to the diversion of our services 5, 6 and 7 heading Northbound. Services will no longer travel along Central Driver to avoid congestion and will head into the town centre via Condor Grove, Park Road and Church Street. There will be a temporary stop in St Johns Square for these services close to West Coast Rock Cafe.

Services 7 and 11

From 18 September and during the above dates, services 7 and 11 will be diverting away from the Squires Gate area due to congestion.

The services will be operating from St Annes Sq via Clifton Drive, Highbury Road, Kilnhouse Lane, Queensway, Common Edge Road and Squires Gate before returning to normal route.

Services to St Annes and Lytham will use this diversion in reverse.

Services 11 and 17

There is also a change to where the services 11 and 17 will stop in the town centre due to heavy traffic along Central Drive. If you are catching services 11 or 17 to Lytham you will be able to catch your service outside the McColl's store on Coronation Street, or on Chapel Street.

During these times, our tramway will continue to run as normal but could become very busy. We apologise if you experience not being able to board one of our trams due to it being at full capacity however, to ensure we can continue to keep you safe, we are limiting the number of customers onboard to encourage social distancing.

If you need any assistance with planning your journeys during these diversions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team.