Tram works engineered to deter weekend travel plans

Closed for engineering works: Tramlink contractors find it less expensive to work during the weekend than overnight, when the network is routinely closed

Yet more disruption for people wanting to travel this weekend, as the private companies contracted to conduct engineering work on the Tramlink network concentrate their efforts during daytime on Saturday and Sunday, rather than overnight when the tram system is routinely closed, but the overtime payments are more expensive.

Once again on Saturday, tram users will have to alight at Mitcham Junction for a bus to Mitcham tram stop, as works are being done to prepare for turning this stretch of the line to twin track.

On Sunday the closure extends on to Morden Road. So much for any intentions of using public transport for a summer weekend’s day out.

There will still be no service to Elmers End from Arena, and the borough of Bromley will be cut off from the civilisation that Croydon has to offer with no link open between Beckenham Junction and Harrington Road on Sunday.

The Overground to West Croydon does not open till 8am on Sunday and there’s no service at all to Crystal Palace on Sunday on the Overground service.

Clearly, London’s transport planners feel people only use cars or buses to get around on Sundays.

After the repeated failures on the Tube and the overloading of the transport system on Jubilee weekend, the prospect of travelling to Stratford to see the Olympic men’s 100 metres final is becoming more daunting than taking on Usain Bolt himself in a footrace.

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