There will be no tram service between Wimbledon and Therapia Lane from Wednesday February 8 until Sunday February 19, while Transport for London carries out work to replace track in the Mitcham area.
This work, which involves a modest 150metres length of new track and 700metres of track “tamping” – a process in which the ballast under the tram tracks is packed, or tamped, to make the tracks and roadbed more durable and level – “is essential to ensure tram reliability is maintained and services can run smoothly”, TfL said today.
During the works, no trams will run between Wimbledon and Therapia Lane.
A replacement bus service will run from Wimbledon to Waddon Marsh, calling at Morden Road, Belgrave Walk then all stops via Therapia Lane. “Journey times will be considerably longer and customers may wish to use an alternative route,” TfL says, knowingly.
Trams will continue to run from Therapia Lane to Croydon town centre, Beckenham Junction and Elmers End. The West Croydon to New Addington line will operate as normal.
Mark Davis, TfL’s General Manager for London Trams, said: “I would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding while this vital maintenance work takes place. The work will greatly improve reliability and make journeys smoother and more pleasant for our customers. Please plan ahead and allow plenty of time for your journey.”
TfL says that work will take place 24 hours a day to ensure customer disruption is kept to a minimum. TfL will also use this opportunity to undertake a number of other tasks to reduce the need and frequency of future closures, including drainage works, fencing repairs and vegetation removal.
Hopper fares continue to be available for adult pay-as-you-go customers, giving unlimited journeys on buses and trams for £1.65 when made within one hour of touching in. This means customers should pay no more than normal to complete their journey during these works.
TfL says, “Information regarding these temporary changes and travel advice will be displayed at local tram stops and customers are encouraged to plan ahead and consider alternative travel options.”
For status updates, live bus arrivals or to plan a route visit https://tfl.gov.uk/statusupdates/travel-tools
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Staff at the Bluebell Railway can swop a few track panels in a weekend!
This is absurd, taking 11 days, working 24 hours a day, to relay 150 metres of track and tamp 700 metres.
I lived alongside the St.Helier line for 18 years, during which time the line was never closed for more than one day at a time for relaying (typically three consecutive Sundays per length), and tamping was done overnight with no interruption of the service.
The GWR famously relaid 171 miles of track over a weekend in 1892 to complete the change from Brunel’s 7ft broad gauge to today’s standard gauge. Mind you it took 4200 workers to accomplish the task.
TfL could replace 150m of light railway overnight if it wanted to. And they would if it was strategically important, like, say, the line out to Heathrow. Imagine the hoo-hah if they shut that for 11 days.