Major Tram Works Will Affect Wimbledon Travellers

Weekend work will close tram line and busy road junction

There will be no trams between Therapia Lane and Wimbledon this weekend (Saturday 17 October and Sunday 18 October) as major work on the line continues.

Teams will be working on three key worksites, with details on the effects to travellers listed below.

  • 1)    Wimbledon Station

As part of the Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme, London Trams are constructing an additional stopping location at the tram platform at Wimbledon increase the number the service between Wimbledon and Croydon from 8 to 12 trams per hour, a capacity increase of 50%.

Work has been ongoing since November 2014 and a closure of the line has been in place since July between Dundonald Road and Wimbledon. London Trams say the construction work has been progressing well and is scheduled for completion at the end of October as planned. Work to take place during this closure will include the installation of new Overhead Line Equipment to both newly constructed platforms.  

  • 2)    Kingston Road (near Merton Park tram stop) 

Work to replace the track over the crossing at Kingston Road is set to take place, near to Merton Park tram stop. The worn embedded rail and highway surface over the tram crossing on the junction of Kingston Road and Hartfield Road will be replaced.

Alongside this track replacement work, London Borough of Merton will be resurfacing the box junction adjacent to the crossing. This will require a road closure on Kingston Road from the junction of Dorset Road to the junction with Gladstone Road for the duration of the closure meaning there will be no access to Hartfield Road from Kingston Road. Diversion routes will be signposted.

  • 3)    Mitcham Junction to Beddington Lane 

Also, as part of the Wimbledon Line Enhancement Programme, a new section of double track was installed between Beddington Lane and Mitcham Junction tram stops, near Mitcham golf club. This track was successfully constructed during a nine day closure in October 2014 and has already alleviated the previous delays caused by the single line section. During this closure, drainage and other associated works will be completed.

Vehicle and staff movements are to be expected at all times during these works, at all sites. Although there is a possibility of some noise, every effort will be made by our team to reduce the potential for disturbance to the neighbourhood. 

Tram Service

During the closure, an amended tram service will be in operation:

  • ·         Line 3 trams will run between New Addington, Croydon and Therapia Lane
  • ·         Replacement buses will run between Ampere Way (interchange with trams) and Wimbledon serving all stops except Phipps Bridge, Merton Park and Dundonald Road
  • ·         Line 4 will not operate on 17 October
  • ·         Special timetables will apply on Lines 1 and 2
  • ·         Additional staff will be available at key locations on the network to assist passengers during the closure

Bus Routes

Phipps Bridge is served by bus 200. Valid tram tickets will also be accepted on replacement buses, and Oyster pay-as-you-go customers will receive an automatic refund if they touch in correctly when boarding each mode. As a result of the road closure at Kingston Road, Routes 163 and 164 will divert via Worple Road, Raynes Park Bridge, Wimbledon Hill Road and will terminate in Wimbledon. Route 152 will divert via Wimbledon Broadway, Town Centre, Worple Road and Raynes Park.

October 13, 2015