All change! Rail works close part of tram network for eight days

There’s to be a closure of the London Trams network in central Croydon, for more than a week over the Easter holidays for “essential engineering works”, according to Transport for London.

Cobbler-ed: replacing 120m of track along Church Street is taking more than a week

Maintenance works see the parts of the tram network closed regularly during public holiday periods.

The latest one comes into force from Friday April 7 until Saturday April 15, when there will be no tram service between Reeves Corner and East Croydon via Church Street and West Croydon.

Trams will run between the following stops:

  • Wimbledon and Reeves Corner
  • East Croydon and New Addington
  • East Croydon and Beckenham Junction
  • East Croydon and Elmers End (except morning and evenings)

The works being undertaken will see approximately 120 metres of track replaced on Church Street between the junction of Middle Street and Old Palace Road.

“Services will resume on Sunday April 16,” TfL says.

“This work is essential to ensure tram reliability is maintained and services can run smoothly.”

During the works TfL says, “Journey times will be longer and customers may wish to use an alternative route.”

Mark Davis, TfL’s general manager for London Trams, said: “This maintenance work is vital to ensure customers continue to receive a reliable service and I would like to thank them for their patience while it takes place. The work will greatly improve reliability and make journeys smoother and more pleasant for our customers.”

Work will take place 24 hours a day to ensure customer disruption is kept to a minimum. As they say on each occasion that they close down part of the network, “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 will continue to be available for adult pay-as-you-go customers, giving unlimited journeys on buses and trams for £1.75 when made within one hour of touching in. So it is feasible to travel from, say, New Addington to Wimbledon, with a brisk walk down the hill from East Croydon to Reeves Corner to pick up a second tram while only paying one fare. But still inconvenient.

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 updates on all TfL travel services and to help plan your journeys, click here.

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3 Responses to All change! Rail works close part of tram network for eight days

  1. Dan Kelly says:

    A good case for trolley buses. Why have they fallen out of use here but are used all over the World?

    • Nick Davies says:

      Modern battery technology means there is no obvious reason for trolley buses to exist.

      • Dan Kelly says:

        Trolleybuses are proven technology and probably a lot cheaper as you are not paying for very large batteries, which no doubt will need periodical replacement, and chargers.
        Trolleybuses don’t have downtime whilst charging.

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