Pensioners upset over axed tram discounts

A tram outside the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood.
A tram outside the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood.
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Tram concessions for folk travelling to the Fylde coast are set to be cut at the end of the month, causing concern for pensioners.

Subsidies for the trams will only apply to NoW cards issued by Blackpool Council from April 1, rather than from across Lancashire.

Dennis Livesey, 66, from Penwortham, said: “On Sundays we go to Fleetwood and get on the tram and go to places like Cleveleys, but from April 1 we’re not going to be able to use our NoW cards. Thousands of people go to Fleetwood over the holiday season and they might not even know.”

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The size of the cuts being imposed by the government is unprecedented and all councils are faced with difficult decisions to balance their budgets. Lancashire County Council contributed £36,000 towards funding free travel on Blackpool’s trams for NoW card holders but the majority of the cost was borne by Blackpool and there’s no way we could afford to make up the difference. We will, of course, continue to fund the mandatory scheme to allow free travel on the buses for NoW Card holders.”