Tram Extension Will Improve Wimbledon Service

Details of £30m scheme are unveiled

A £30m scheme increase the number of trams from Wimbledon to Croydon from eight to 12 trains an hour has been unveiled by Transport for London (TfL).

Work on the scheme, which builds on track extensions further up the line in 2012, is expected to start in early 2014.

It will involve a new tram platform at Wimbledon station, a new stretch of 'twin-tracking' between Mitcham Junction flyover and Beddington Lane and four new being trams added to the 30-strong fleet.

The first of the new trams will be delivered in 2015, and the last is scheduled to arrive in early 2016.

TfL says it will be working with residents and businesses to reduce disruption and minimise the impact of the construction work.

It will hold a public exhibition about the scheme and will put a 24-hour customer helpline in place to allow residents to find out more about the work.

Richard Tracey, AM for Merton & Wandsworth, said: "This represents considerable steps forward for the benefit of local people. It also shows that the Mayor does not forget residents in Wimbledon and south London and their continuing transport needs. I am pleased that our representations to him have been well and truly heard."

August 28, 2013

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