Posted 26th June 2012 | 5 Comments
Mayor unveils fourth tram route in Croydon
THE MAYOR of London has launched a new tram route in Croydon, following the delivery of six additional trams for the London Tramlink fleet.
The new route runs over existing infrastructure, but now provides a direct service between Therapia Lane and Elmers End, via East Croydon station.
The introduction of Route 4 was made possible by the purchase of six new Stadler trams, which arrived earlier this year, and means that the frequency of trams through central Croydon will rise to 12 an hour.
Transport for the London said the £16.3 million investment in the new trams is part of a wider regeneration of Croydon supported by the Mayor, including a £23 million investment which is being used to help restore the Reeves Corner area following the damage caused by riots last summer. The new trams have also been funded in part by Croydon Council which contributed £3m.
Improvements to the Wimbledon Tramlink line are also expected by the end of the year. Doubling between Mitcham and Mitcham Junction will remove a bottleneck, and make it possible to increase frquencies on that line in the longer term.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: “These superb new tram services are essential to Croydon’s long term prosperity, which in turn feeds into the capital’s economic success. Fast and efficient transport links not only make Croydon a more convenient place to live and work, but also attract businesses that will deliver much-needed jobs and economic growth putting Croydon firmly on track for the future.”
However, although passenger figures have risen by 45 per cent to 29 million annually since the system opened 12 years ago, proposed extensions are still on the drawing board.
The most likely project would extend tram services to Crystal Palace but a number of further routes have been suggested, including one to Sutton.
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