Category Archives: Tramlink

Coroner postpones tram crash inquest until Spring next year

The South London Coroner has postponed the inquest into the Croydon tram crash again, this time until next year. Expected to last for 12 weeks, the inquest was due to have begun at Croydon Town Hall last month. It was … Continue reading

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Tories accused of ‘playing childish political games’ over TfL

JEREMY CLACKSON, transport correspondent, on the latest last-gasp arrangement forced on the capital by anti-London Dominic Cummings and his government Croydon South MP Chris Philp and his Tory government have consigned the whole of London to significant Council Tax rises … Continue reading

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Report: TfL safety audit kept secret from crash investigators

Transport for London was conducting a safety audit of the Croydon tram network at the time of the 2016 Sandilands disaster which claimed seven lives. The existence of the safety audit report has only come to light under the disclosure … Continue reading

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Now Tories look to axe Freedom Pass as well as Zip cards

An unelected adviser, an old mate of Boris Johnson, is imposing a range of conditions on TfL and causing anger among Tory MPs, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports The anti-London government run by Dominic Cummings is looking to … Continue reading

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How my bus ride into Croydon unmasked a growing problem

CROYDON COMMENTARY: It is against the law to take a ride on public transport without wearing a face mask. But as reader LEWIS WHITE discovered last week, despite 30 TfL bus drivers having died from coronavirus, those rules are hardly … Continue reading

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Sutton Cancer Hub and south of Croydon to get new bus routes

With no prospect of the long-requested tram extension to the Royal Marsden Hospital, TfL is consulting on new and re-routed bus services around Belmont, Sutton, Purley, Addiscombe and Waddon, as our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, reports Croydon and Sutton are … Continue reading

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Sandilands tram crash inquest is postponed due to covid

The long-delayed inquest into the deaths of seven people in the Croydon tram crash in November 2016 has been delayed again – this time because of the change in distancing rules to prevent the spread of covid-19. The inquest was … Continue reading

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Driver of crashed tram ‘too unwell’ to give evidence at inquest

The long-delayed inquest into the 2016 Croydon tram crash will get underway at the Town Hall next month, but without the key witness, driver Alfred Dorris. Seven people were killed and 51 injured, some suffering life-changing injuries, when a tram … Continue reading

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Air ambulance flies in after knife fight at Therapia tram stop

The London Air Ambulance flew in to deal with a victim of a knife fight which began on a tram or near the tram stop at Therapia Lane on Sunday afternoon. A teenager was treated for a shoulder wound, an … Continue reading

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Anti-London Tories install Gilligan as they plot a takeover

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the existential crisis facing not only the Mayor, but the whole London regional tier of government The news that the Tory government is to impose a 2.6 per cent fare hike on the capital’s … Continue reading

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Tories impose inflation-busting fares increase on Londoners

Sadiq Khan’s fares freeze will be ended in January, just weeks before the London elections take place, as JEREMY CLACKSON, our transport correspondent, reports Fares on Transport for London-operated buses, Tubes, trains and trams will rise by a “punitive” 2.6 … Continue reading

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London’s free school travel to end in October, Tories insist

The Conservatives – the party of “Maggie Thatcher – Milk Snatcher!” when they took away kids’ school milk in the 1970s – is now pushing ahead with demands to remove free travel on London’s buses, Tubes and trams for most … Continue reading

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Bank robbers and Beethoven: life on the buses has changed

Our roving reporter, KEN TOWL, after months of observing lockdown, has been roving a little more than usual this past week, checking how Croydon’s public transport is coping with the new normal Friday, and I can’t help but think that … Continue reading

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‘A once in a generation opportunity to shape a new Croydon’

We’ve had red Labour. There’s been “Blue Labour”. Now, a handful of councillors from the north of the borough want to see a truly “Green” Labour in Croydon. Learning from many of the environmental benefits of the coronavirus lockdown, and … Continue reading

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Let’s build new tram lines with routes where people want to go

CROYDON COMMENTARY: The ‘Fantasy Tram Network’ map, showing the various undeveloped extensions and new destinations which have been spurned over the past 20 years, underlines the desperate need for better public transport in south London, says STEPHEN SPARK Thanks for … Continue reading

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What might have been: how Croydon Trams should have grown

Have you ever wondered what the Croydon Tram network might look like if the Crystal Palace extension, or the much-talked-about Sutton line, had ever been built? Loyal reader Anthony Norris-Watson certainly, and he put together something which Ken Livingstone or … Continue reading

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East to go North – Network Rail wants to move a whole station

Network Rail want to make the earth move for commuters. Or, at least, they want to move East Croydon Station. The railway infrastructure body this week released the latest version of its plans for what they call the Croydon Area … Continue reading

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Tories play politics over covid emergency funding for TfL

The emergency cash bail-out for London’s transport system sees the capital’s Labour Mayor hand much control to the Tories running the government, reports WALTER CRONXITE The Tories have put political point-scoring ahead of public health, after the government last night … Continue reading

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TfL’s cashflow crisis could make Croydon traffic jams worse

Our transport correspondent, JEREMY CLACKSON, on finance problems for Transport for London that could have a profound impact on south London Transport for London’s appeal to the government for £3.2billion to allow it to keep operating in the covid-19 crisis … Continue reading

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Celebrate 20 years of the Croydon Trams with our competition

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the first fare-paying passenger services to run on the Croydon Tram network, and to help our loyal readers celebrate, we have a copy of the recently published Croydon Tramlink, A Definitive History, by … Continue reading

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Tram ticket inspector is 29th London transport worker to die

A ticket inspector on Croydon’s trams is the 29th transport worker in London to die from coronavirus, according to reports from the BBC this morning. The man, believed to be in his late 50s, is as yet unnamed. “Sadly, a … Continue reading

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Author tracks 20 years of history with Croydon Tramlink

KEN TOWL reviews an extensive and exhaustive new book about the local light rail network, which opened for service in May 2000 As former ITN newsreader and “The Voice of Tramlink”, Nicholas Owen notes in his foreword that the transport … Continue reading

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TfL backs Sutton Tram Link – but lacks £420m to pay for it

Transport for London has plumped for a tram extension that links Sutton town centre with the Northern Line Tube at Colliers Wood. But they just don’t have the £420million needed to pay for it just yet. The outcome of a … Continue reading

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Threat of bus strike as 1 in 3 drivers in ‘close call’ due to fatigue

More than three years since the Croydon tram crash saw ‘driver fatigue’ raised as a possible cause of the disaster, now bus drivers are threatening strike action over concerns for the safety of their passengers and themselves. RORY KELLY reports … Continue reading

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Commuters in mass protests as 2.7% rail fare hike hits

Passenger action groups across the country are staging a day of protest today against above-inflation fare rises on rail and bus services, and calling for a national referendum over re-nationalising the railways. Rail commuters faced their first day back at … Continue reading

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