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50 per cent increase in capacity coming to Croydon-Wimbledon section of Tramlink
04/09/2013 13:35:00


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.

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On 05/09/2013 09:13:00 Jim wrote:
Unless something is done about traffic light phasing, this is bad news for Shirley residents. Bus (and car) users frequently hit long tail backs on the Addiscombe Road from where the tram lines merge near its junction with Clyde Road. All too often the lights turn red well in advance of a westbound tram approaching from Sandilands. Buses are also delayed having left East Croydon, waiting at the lights by the underpass (on their way to Park Street or the Wellesley Road). It is a nonsense having buses stack up waiting for a single tram to pass through.

This "improvement" will be to the detriment of other public transport users.




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