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Tuesday, 27 November 2007, 16:59 GMT
Report after tram blaze on prom

A report into a tram which caught fire on Blackpool promenade as it was being tested has found the blaze probably started in its electrical system.

The tram was undergoing trials being carried out by Blackpool Transport when the fire started in January.

There were no passengers on board at the time but the single-decker tram suffered severe fire and smoke damage.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) found sufficient emergency plans were not in place at the time.

It also found that the tramway operator had not conducted an appropriate risk assessment regarding the use of the vehicle on the network.

As a result of the report, the RAIB recommended that risk assessments should be carried out on all new trams before they are tested.