CROYDON COMMENTARY: VALERIE HUNTER has been digging into Transport for London’s documents on its plans to impose a new loop of tram track around the town centre. And she’s found the scheme is not all that the City Hall transport wonks would have us believe
Transport for London’s “modelling” and “forecasting tools” indicate that the design of the Wellesley Road-Lansdowne Road junction for the proposed tram loop improves bus journey times, and a “beneficial impact on bus journey times” is a key advantage of the scheme, they say.
TfL wants to spend £28million of our money to create an additional loop of track down Dingwall Road at East Croydon. Many of us suspect it is money being spent at the insistence of Westfield, the shopping centre developers, for no other reason than to make it easier for shoppers, if the mall ever gets built, to drive their cars into Westfield’s mammoth-sized car park.
The proposed tram loop may be many things, but it is not an improvement for bus users. Continue reading