Scrutiny chief wants your ideas to improve the tram network

The chair of the council’s scrutiny committee wants members of the public to come forward with ideas and suggestions about how to improve the tram network.

What improvements to the trams would you like to see?

The council streets and environment scrutiny committee will meet at the Town Hall on March 20, when it will examine Transport for London’s management of the trams. The first part of the meeting will look at the 2016 Sandilands tram crash and the lessons learned, while the second part of meeting will be about how the trams network can be improved.

Sean Fitzsimons, the councillor who chairs scrutiny, said, “Next year will be the 25th anniversary of the Croydon Tramlink Act, which basically set out the network we have today.

“No major extensions have been funded in that time, but in the rest of London, the Docklands Light Railway has been extended many times, London Overground was conceived and grown, but Tramlink remains virtually the same.

Tram scrutiny: Sean Fitzsimons

“I’m looking for people to come forward who can provide the arguments for new extensions. Is TfL inner-London centric? So will suburban light rail always lose out to inner London projects?

“If this is the case what are the answers to this? How else can we fund Tramlink extensions?”

To put forward your views on the future of the tram network, email

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3 Responses to Scrutiny chief wants your ideas to improve the tram network

  1. I would oppose any more extensions to Tramlink until they give up the crassly stupid idea of having a loop in the town centre, a loop which destroys all continuity in the service, has very little real purpose which will greatly inconvenience millions of people and be the source of considerable danger to elderly and disabled people. If they extend they will bugger it up as well.

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  2. mraemiller says:

    Surely London Overgound is just the old East London line connected up to slow lane of the old Overground network? No infrastructure was built at all. At least not round here…


  3. I suspect that the lack of extensions is more due to the reason it was built. Take 3 railway lines that BR and successors did not want. West Croydon to Wimbledon, Norwood junction to Beckenham, and Elmers End to Selsdon, and convert them to form a new Tram network with a mile or so new route through the centre of Croydon. This leaves a problem for extensions other busy railway lines are in the way. As for a North-South through Croydon line, sorry the roads are full, and they do not like shared running of trams and traffic. Although a Purley to Brixton Tramline would be great!


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