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Saturday, 2 April 2016

More Tram services for South London



As we move into April there is some good news for commuters in the South of Greater London with the Tramlink system.


Wimbledon Tram services increase by 50 per cent

From next week, passengers travelling on Transport for London's (TfL) Tram network will be able to take advantage of more frequent services.

On Monday 4 April, services between Wimbledon and Croydon will rise from eight to 12 trams per hour. The increase in frequency follows the completion of work to build an additional tram platform at Wimbledon station late last year.

Rory O'Neill, TfL's Director of Trams, said: 'The Tram network is a crucial transport link to the community it serves and we are committed to continually improving our services. The extra trams will help meet increasing passenger demand and make a real difference to the customers who use the service every day.'

The Tram network has experienced rapid growth in passenger numbers since it opened in 2000, from 18.5 million passengers in its first year of operation to over 32 million in 2014/15, and demand is forecast to increase to around 60 million by 2030.

A number of improvements have already been made in recent years including adding new track between Mitcham Junction and Beddington Lane which allows trams to travel in both directions simultaneously, resulting in more frequent and faster journeys for customers.

Also, London Bus Routes website has written about the changes to the Tramlink services.

Tramlink line 1: Restored to serve Croydon town centre and normal frequencies restored, following completion of track works. New timetable to improve punctuality and incorporating an additional earlier journey each way on Sundays and Monday to Saturday early morning service revised to operate every 15 minutes from first tram. PVR changed to 3 trams self contained. Expected date 3rd April 2016.

Tramlink line 2: Restored to serve Croydon town centre loop and normal frequencies restored, following completion of track works. New timetable to improve punctuality and incorporating an earlier journey each way on all days of the week. Expected date 3rd April 2016.

Tramlink line 3: Restored to serve Croydon town centre loop and normal frequencies restored, following completion of track works. New timetable to improve punctuality and incorporating an earlier journey from Beddington Lane to Wimbledon on all days of the week, and from Wimbledon on Sundays. Monday to Saturday early morning service increased to every 15 minutes. Sunday daytime service increased to every 7-8 minutes. Expected date 3rd April 2016.

Tramlink line 4: Service restored following completion of track works, and extended from Therapia Lane to Wimbledon. Earlier departure from Elmers End on Mondays to Fridays. New timetable. PVR changed to 7 trams self contained. Expected date 3rd April 2016.

The website also contains timetables for the Tramlink services which you can see here.

London Tramlink has 28km of track, 34 trams in the fleet and 39 stops. It serves seven National Rail stations and more than 50 bus routes.

Here is the map of the Tramlink services back in 2000.
 
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