Starr Gate

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Starr Gate
Starr Gate sign, Blackpool - DSC07108.JPG
Road sign for Starr Gate on the A584
Starr Gate is located in Blackpool
Starr Gate
Starr Gate
Location in Blackpool
Starr Gate is located in Lancashire
Starr Gate
Starr Gate
Location within Lancashire
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBLACKPOOL
Postcode districtFY4
PoliceLancashire
FireLancashire
AmbulanceNorth West
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Lancashire
53°46′38″N 3°03′18″W / 53.777222°N 3.055°W / 53.777222; -3.055Coordinates: 53°46′38″N 3°03′18″W / 53.777222°N 3.055°W / 53.777222; -3.055

Starr Gate is a suburb in the South Shore district of Blackpool in the county of Lancashire, England. It is located at the southwest end of Blackpool on the Fylde coast, adjacent to the Squires Gate district of Blackpool.

The place is named after the spiky "Starr" grass which grows on the local sand hills to the south of Starr Gate.[citation needed] "Gate" (Geat in Old English) means "Way", taken from the Old Norse Gat - an opening or passage.[citation needed]

Transport[edit]

Starr Gate tram depot (2011)

Starr Gate is served by Squires Gate railway station on the Blackpool to Preston line. The southern terminal loop of the Blackpool Tramway is located at Starr Gate,[1] along with the Starr Gate tram depot[2] from which trams run up the coast into central Blackpool and to Fleetwood.

Starr Gate is also immediately adjacent to Blackpool International Airport.

From May to September 1973, a hovercraft provided a transport service from the tram terminus to Southport.[3] In 2005 there were hopes of reviving the service.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Starr Gate", Blackpool Tramway: Tram Stops, The Trams.co.uk, retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Caunton Engineering Ltd: Blackpool Tramway Starr Gate Depot", Galvanisers Association, retrieved 15 January 2020.
  3. ^ Emma Harris, "No bover on the hover", The Blackpool Gazette, 10 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Hopes high for hovercraft dream", The Blackpool Gazette, 21 September 2007.