Travelling during the Illuminations

3 months ago Mon 22nd Aug 2022

The Illuminations will be bursting back into life on Friday 2 September and light up the famous Golden Mile right through until January!

The ever-popular illuminations do bring a lot of people to the coast so to keep you moving, we'll be diverting some of our bus routes in Blackpool Town Centre during the evenings.

The switch on times of the Illuminations change as the nights get darker so our services will be diverting earlier the closer we get to Autumn/Winter. These times will be - 

From Friday 2 September every day until Sunday 2 October - Buses will divert from 19:00
From Monday 3 October every day until Sunday 23 October - Buses will divert from 18:00
From Monday 24 October every day until Saturday 5 November - Buses will divert from 17:00

The diversions may see a change to where you normally catch your bus so make sure to check our stopping locations list here so you can be in the right place for your journey.

Services 2, 2C, 18 and 20 will be unaffected by these diversions and will run as normal.

Our trams will run throughout the illuminations but do get busy in the evenings. Please leave yourself plenty of time for your journeys.

Take a look below for a brief description of how your services might be diverting.

Service 1

Service 1 will be using its normal route until later in the year when our diversions start earlier. From these dates, the service will begin and end on Queen Street in Blackpool Town Centre and will only run between Blackpool and Fleetwood. 

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 Norcliffe 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

To avoid congestion on Central Drive these services will head into the town centre via Condor Square, Park Road and Church Street. There will be a temporary stop in St Johns Square for the 5, 6 and 7 close to West Coast Rock Cafe.

Services 5, 6 & 7 southbound

Coming into town these services will services will divert from Talbot Road, using Cookson Street (temporary stop outside Post Office) and using Reads Avenue & Park Road to resume service at Central Drive.

Services 9 & 14

Both services can be caught from St Johns Square (outside Co-op) where these services will terminate and begin. From here both services will continue normal route at Talbot Road.

Services 11 and 17

There is a change to where the services 11 and 17 will stop in the town centre due to heavy traffic. Service 11 will divert away from the promenade using Rigby Road and Ansdell Road where both services will travel into the town centre via Condor Square and Park Road If you are catching services 11 or 17 to Lytham you will be able to catch your services from St John's Square.