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Boris delivers further improvement to Tramlink
29/06/2011 11:48:00

On Monday, I found out from Transport for London officials that since 31st May the tram service from Wimbledon to New Addington between 7pm and 9pm on weekday evenings has been upgraded. Previously, there were only four trams an hour: that has now been increased to eight trams an hour.

That's on top of the upgrades when Boris took over the system, the planned improvements on the central part of the network next year when Croydon Council and Transport for London acquire more trams and the news that he intends to proceed with the Crystal Palace extension.

Boris took a lot of stick for not proceeding with the Crystal Palace extension as soon as he became Mayor. But first of all Ken Livingstone hadn't identified any funding for the scheme and in any case extending the network when it was already at capacity would have been bad news for Croydon Central residents because trams would be even more crowded by the time they got towards the centre of the network. Boris' strategy of increasing capacity and then extending the network is the right one. Let's see if he gets the credit he deserves from Livingstone and his supporters.

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