|The trams in original London red and white livery sharing the road wiith other traffic|
There were initially 3 routes - Route 1 Elmers End - Croydon, Route 2 Beckenham Jct - Croydon, and Route 3 New Addington - Wimbledon. In June 2012 a new route Elmers End - Therapia Lane was introduced to ease pressure on Routes 1 and 3, although finding a map showing this is not easy to find, so here is a map making it easier to see the various connections with national Rail that Tramlink provides. If you travel North West from Croydon to Wimbledon you will find Therapia Lane so just fill in Route 4 yourself!
In 2008 TfL bought out Tramlink and so decided that as they are "green" way of travelling they should so reflect that and so out went the red and in came the green that are still in operation today. Incidentally the fleet numbers for Croydon Tramlink start at 2530, which isn't as random as you might think as it is a continuation from the highest numbered tram 2529 on London's former tram network that closed in 1952. The first 24 trams are low floor Fexity Swift CR4000's built by Bombardier not in Derby but Vienna.
|Tramlink 2536 heads into Croydon Town Centre on Tuesday|
|Relatively new Variobahm 2556 at East Croydon Station|
|Tram 2534 in all over ad for McMillan Williams Solicitors|
Tramlink carried over 30 million passengers in 2013, and further expansion is planned, though this being Great britiain Lord only knows how long the various feasibility studies, planning applications, public enquiries, newt relocations etc will take. And that is the problem with tram expansion. Although cheap to run once built, even cheaper if a couple of wind turbines can be used to provide the electricity needed, the pre construction costs are enourmous. Something needs to be done - I mean wouldn't it be good if say the 8 from Caister to JPH became a tram route. If planners and Councillors can get their fingers out and really focus on transport needs then we may see more trams on our roads and disused rail tracks in the future. But for that to happen with regards to TRAMS a lot of people need to SMARTen up!
|Trams in Yarmouth? Nah it would never work!!!|