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Boris and Croydon Council invest in more trams
01/02/2011 15:32:00

 
 

Boris got a lot of flack last year for not including the extension of the tram system to Crystal Palace in Transport for London's investment programme - unfairly, given that there was no money for the scheme in the budget that he inherited from Livingstone.

I hope the people that were criticising him then will welcome the news that Transport for London is planning to lease up to ten new trams, which would allow them to increase the frequency of services on the busiest part of the network between central Croydon and Elmers End. More and more people are using the trams (the number of journeys has increased by 45 per cent since they started running in 2000) and this will do a lot to tackle congestion.

People questioned Boris' commitment to Tramlink. With this announcement, he has proved the doubters wrong. I think he is right to focus on improving the service on the existing network before extending it. Credit to my Conservative colleagues at the Town Hall too - it looks like, despite the financial pressures they face, they've found some money to help make this possible.

Croydon's transport links are absolutely critical to our long term economic prospects and it is great to see Boris and the Council recoginising that.

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