Flexity 2 (Blackpool)

Flexity 2 (Blackpool)

Flexity 2 tram, no 011, at Tower tram stop

Manufacturer Bombardier Transportation
Built at Bautzen, Germany, and Vienna, Austria
Family name Flexity 2
Constructed 20102012
Entered service April 2012
Number under construction 2
Number built 16
Number in service 16
Formation 5 body sections per tram
Fleet numbers 001–016
Capacity 74 seats + 148 standing spaces
Operator(s) Blackpool Transport
Depot(s) Starr Gate
Line(s) served Blackpool–Fleetwood
Car body construction Steel side panels/Aluminium
Car length 32.23 m (105 ft 9 in)
Width 2.65 m (8 ft 8 in)
Height 3.42 m (11 ft 3 in)
Floor height 320mm
Doors 2x double width and 2x single width, each side
Articulated sections 5
Maximum speed 43.5 mph (70 km/h)
Weight 40.9 t (40.3 long tons; 45.1 short tons) per tram
Traction system Four 120 kW (160 hp) three phase AC traction motors
Acceleration 0.5 m/s2 (1.1 mph per second; 1.8 km/h per second)
Deceleration 1.2 m/s2 (2.73 emergency) (2.7 mph per second; 6.1 mph per second emergency)
Electric system(s) 600 V DC Overhead
Current collection method Pantograph
Bogies FLEXX Urban 3000
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)

Blackpool Council ordered 16 Bombardier Transportation Flexity 2 trams, becoming the worldwide launch customer for the design.[2] The modern 100% low-floor trams replaced the Blackpool tramway's tourist-focused and high maintenance heritage fleet, some of which have been retained for tourist services in the town centre.[2] Blackpool's Flexity 2 trams are intended to be suitable for daily commuters and to provide a service competitive with other modes and comply with legislation on accessibility for disabled users.[2][3]

Two further Flexity 2 units are due to be delivered by the end of 2017.[4]


Blackpool Council placed the £33m order for the 16 Flexity 2 trams in July 2009, with funding from the council, Department for Transport and Lancashire County Council.[5][6] The worldwide launch of the Flexity 2 family took place with the unveiling of the first Blackpool vehicle on 8 September 2011.[3] They entered service on 4 April 2012.[2]


The Blackpool Flexity 2 trams are bi-directional five-section articulated cars.[6] There are four doors on each side, two single doors next to the driver cabs in the first and fifth cars and two double doors in the centre of the second and fourth cars. They can accommodate wheelchairs and pushchairs,[3] with level boarding from low platforms which were built at stops ready for the introduction of the trams.[2]

The trams have two powered FLEXX Urban 3000 bogies[6] in the centre of the first and fifth cars and an unpowered set in the centre car. The tram utilises a 600 V overhead DC power supply, can negotiate a minimum curve radius of 25 m in service or 20 m on the depot and can tackle a maximum gradient of 6%.


The final livery unveiled at the launch consists of white with purple cabs and a purple criss-cross pattern extending along the lower side panels.


The Flexity 2 cars are maintained at a depot at Starr Gate which was purpose built by VolkerFitzpatrick,[7] with input based on experience with tram depots elsewhere in Europe.[2]


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Photo Number Notes

Named Alderman E.E Wynne. [8]

003 Collided with a cyclist on 8 July 2013.[9]

Ran the first journey with passengers on the first day of operations on the 4th of April 2012 but unfortunately derailed in Fleetwood on the first journey back to Starr Gate. [10]

007 Damaged en route to Blackpool; subsequently involved in a collision with a car on 11 June 2013.[11]
014 Involved in a collision with a Volkswagen Polo on 22 May 2012;[12] returned to service on 26 May 2012.[13]
016 Has all-over advert livery for Fleetwood Freeport.

See also


  1. "Bombardier confirm Blackpool tram order". British Trams Online. British Trams Online. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Flexity 2 tram unveiled in Blackpool". Railway Gazette International. 8 September 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 "Blackpool supertram is here!". Blackpool Gazette. 8 September 2011.
  4. "Bombardier confirm Blackpool tram order". British Trams Online. British Trams Online. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. "Bombardier wins G.B. Flexity 2 order". Metro Magazine. 9 July 2009.
  6. 1 2 3 "Bombardier Wins First FLEXITY 2 Tram Order for Blackpool in the UK" (Press release). Bombardier Transportation. 8 July 2009.
  7. "Tram bogie turntable". Railway Gazette International. 25 July 2010.
  8. britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=3042
  9. "Tram Incident in Blackpool". Flickr. 8 July 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  10. britishtramsonline.co.uk/news/?p=587/>
  11. "Flexity 007 isn't so lucky after all!". britishtramsonline.co.uk. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  12. "Flexity versus motor car – Round 1!". britishtramsonline.co.uk. 25 May 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  13. "Accident damaged 014 returns to service". Blackpool Tram Blog. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
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