Travel During the Illuminations at Weekends

1 month ago Fri 27th Aug 2021

The best light show we all know as Blackpool Illuminations is back this year from 03 September - 03 January. To keep our buses moving smoothly through the town centre, we will need to make some changes to their routes during the busy illuminations period.

This means that during weekends and our busier evenings, your bus services may be diverted and you might need to catch them in a different place as we keep our services away from the promenade and town centre to avoid congestion.

Due to heavy congestion along the promenade during the weekend, services 1, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 17 will divert away from the town centre each Saturday & Sunday during the daytime. You can take a look at how these services will run here.

Evening bus diversions during the illuminations.

Between Friday 03 September - Saturday 25 September our bus services will divert every Friday and Saturday from 19:00 until the end of service.

Between Friday 01 October - Saturday 16 October our bus services will divert every Friday and Saturday from 18:00 until the end of service.

During the half-term (Friday 22 October - Saturday 06 November) our bus services will divert each night from 17:00 until the end of service.

Our trams will run to an increased frequency up to every 7 minutes in the evenings during the Illuminations period. Find the full details of our tram service changes from 29 August here.

Our Service 1 will operate between Fleetwood and Queen St only in the evenings.

Here's where you can board your bus service in Blackpool town during the Illuminations.

You can download the table here.

Illuminations diversion stopping list
Below is the full diversion information for our services during the Illuminations.

Service 1

Travelling northbound the 1 will begin at Queen St and use Dickson Road, Gynn Square, Warbreck Hill Road, Warbreck Drive, into Bispham, Guildford Avenue, Norbreck Road and back to normal route on the Promenade.

Southbound will use the same in reverse to Bispham, then via Devonshire Road, Northgate, Warbreck Drive, Warbreck Hill Road, Gynn Square, Dickson road, Queen Street.

Service 2 & 2C

Travelling northbound, you can board from Abingdon Street, the 2/2C will use Talbot road and continue its normal route.

Southbound is unaffected.

Service 3

Travelling northbound the 3 will use its normal route until Bispham, to avoid promenade congestion it will divert using Warbreck Drive, Cavendish Road, Devonshire Road and Ingthorpe Avenue, resuming its normal route.

Southbound will use its normal route to Bispham roundabout, then use Devonshire Road, Northgate and back to normal route at Cavendish Road/ Warbreck Drive.

Service 4

Travelling northbound the service 4 will divert towards Bispham to avoid promenade congestion and will use its normal route to Warbreck Drive then use Cavendish Road, Devonshire Road and back to normal route at Norbreck Road.

Southbound will use the same in reverse.

Services 5, 6 & 7

Travelling northbound these Services will follow normal route to Albert Road (McDonald's) where they divert in town via Regent Street, Church Street, Abingdon Street and normal route at Talbot Road.

Southbound, the 6 will use its normal route to Topping Street, then use Talbot Road, Cookson Street where the 5, 6 & 7 will use Grosvenor Street, Park Road, Reads Avenue and back to normal route at Central Drive.

Services 9 & 14

Service 9 & 14 will both start and end at St Johns Square (Co-op) and can be caught from here for all journeys towards Cleveleys (9) and Fleetwood (14).

Service 11

Travelling northbound the 11 will use its normal route it Lytham Road, then via Bloomfield Road, Ansdell Road, Park Road, Chruch Street and terminate at St Johns School.

Travelling southbound the 11 can be caught from St Johns School where it begins, the 11 will then use Abingdon Street (temporary stop at Co-op) through town via Talbot road, Cookson Street, Park Road, Reads Avenue, Central Drive, Rigby Road and back to normal route at Lytham Road.

Service 17 

Travelling Northbound the 17 will use it normal route to Central Drive, then use Grasmere Road, Condor Grove, Church Street and Terminate at St John's School.

Travelling southbound the 17 can be caught from St John's School, from here the 17 will use Abingdon Street (temporary stop at Co-op), through town via, Talbot Road, Cookson Street, Grosvenor Street, Park Road, Reads Avenue and back to normal route at Central Drive.

Service 18

There will be no diversion for the service 18 until  Friday 01 October where the 18 will operate its normal route to Bond St, then use Watson Road, Lytham Road and back to normal route at Highfield road.

Southbound will use the same in reverse.