The London Borough of Croydon has 320,000 inhabitants and has attracted much new business. This has led to congested roads and eventually to the adoption of light rail as a solution. This article describes the Croydon Tramlink, and discusses how far it has succeeded. The proposal to bring trams back to Croydon arose from a 1986 transport study. After substantial public consultation, London Transport (LT) and Croydon Council promoted the necessary legislation to construct and operate the new tram system, which was passed in 1994. The system design was developed by a consortium of private companies, LT, and the Council. Tramtrack Croydon Limited (TCL), a consortium of five private companies, was awarded the 90-year concession to design, build, finance, maintain, and operate the system. Bombardier Transportation built the trams and will maintain them, and First Group will be responsible for operating the completed system. The total capital cost was about #200M, of which the Government contributed #125M. The system has 18.5km of routes, of which 17km use existing railway track and some sections run through streets. The ultimate aim is to provide an economical, fast, reliable, frequent, and safe new public transport system for Croydon. A Tramlink Information Shop has been set up, and local business has been consulted.

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  • Authors:
    • PALMER, T
  • Publication Date: 1999


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  • Accession Number: 00779386
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM