Mayor sets out plans for major investment to expand and improve Croydon’s tram network
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today set out his plans for a major new investment in Croydon’s tram services to help meet rising demand.
Transport for London's (TfL) Business Plan, which sets out what will TfL will do to deliver the Mayor's Transport Strategy between now andl 2020/21, includes detailed plans to increase the capacity of Tramlink on the Wimbledon to Croydon line by 50 per cent. Subject to business cases and affordability, it’s also suggested that they’ll look to extend the tram network in 2020/21.
Demand on the tram network has doubled since 2000 and the service now carries 31 million passengers a year. I wrote last year about the four new trams that have been ordered to help reduce congestion on the route between Wimbledon and Croydon, with the first arriving in 2015. This, combined with doubling sections of track and platform works at Wimbledon, will improve access to central Croydon and allow 12 trams an hour to run in each direction during peak times. It'll provide an additional 25,000 people with a journey time of less than 60 minutes to central Croydon, boosting our local economy.
The draft Business Plan is available from www.tfl.gov.uk and will be considered by the TfL Board on 10 December. Please do have a read and let me know if you have any thoughts about the plans.