#AYearOfBuses 14: Blackpool to Fleetwood
Steeped in history, Blackpool Transport’s long-standing route 14 is today’s entry on #AYearOfBuses.
Largely unchanged since it began running in 1929, the 14 is one of the oldest routes running along the Fylde Coast – if not the whole country. It connects Blackpool with Layton and Fleetwood, running up to every 12 mins, using high-spec ‘Palldium’-branded Enviro400 City double deckers. As well as a stylish new interior and exterior look, including a glazed stairwell, the 10.5m double decks have E-leather seats, wood-effect floors, WiFi and USB charging points, ‘next stop’ visuals and audio announcements.
The 14 actually began life a little earlier, in 1927, running between Blackpool, Carleton and Thornton, and was extended to Fleetwood from 1929. It’s had a varied history, at one point becoming the target of an argument with Blackpool Transport competitor Ribble, who for decades managed to impose a co-ordination agreement which restricted its ability to grow. It’s had its fair share of interesting buses over the years, too – everything from crew-operated PD2s and PD3s, Atlanteans, all manner of Optares, to Tridents and more.
For a more in-depth look at the history behind the 14, check out this excellent article from Paul Turner.