Transport for London will soon be investing £30 million into dramatically increasing the capacity on the Wimbledon section of the Croydon Tramlink, the busiest route on the network.
The enhancement is part of Boris Johnson’s election pledge to increase the capacity of Tramlink to match the demand since it opened over 10 years ago. The scheme will deliver 800m of twin tracking between Mitcham Junction flyover and Beddington Lane, build an additional platform at Wimbledon station and add four new trams to the already 30-strong fleet.
This additional funding is great news for public transport in Croydon. It will increase service along this section from eight to 12 trams per hour, boosting capacity by 50 per cent which will reduce waiting times, and increase reliability of the service.
Work is currently scheduled to start in early 2014 and will take approximately a year to complete, with the first of the new trams being in place by 2015.
This investment is part of a package of measures to improve access to Croydon town centre by public transport, which is desperately needed given Westfield and Hammerson’s plans that are going to bring many more people to our town.