Tag Archives: Trams

Even Westfield now agree there’s no need for £28m tram loop

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As first revealed by Inside Croydon last week, Transport for London is to make some wide-ranging schedule changes to the tram network from November 5. In particular, there will no longer be a direct service from New Addington … Continue reading

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Drivers warned of fatigue risks two years before tram crash

The operators of the Croydon tram network were formally warned by staff two and a half years before the tragic Sandilands derailment that the company’s shift system was creating dangerous levels of fatigue among its drivers “which could lead to … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Caroline Pidgeon, London Assembly, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Say goodbye to tram tickets as TfL prepares to go ‘cashless’

Get ready to say farewell to those sometimes baffling and idiosyncratic ticket machines which stand like sentinels on the platforms of every stop on the Croydon Tramlink network. Transport for London has begun an eight-week public consultation on plans to … Continue reading

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Road closures at Easter will offer taste of chaos to come

Croydon is about to get a taste of the sort of traffic chaos and disruption which may await once the Hammersfield development gets underway – if it ever does – when the town centre is closed down for 10 days … Continue reading

Posted in East Croydon, TfL, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Speed restrictions at four sites as trams start running again

Croydon’s trams are running services on all routes again, 10 days after the tragic derailment in which seven people died and 50 people were injured. But the service has only resumed after additional speed restrictions have been put in place … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Commuting, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tram was speeding at 43mph before it crashed – official report

The preliminary report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch into the circumstances which led to the tragic derailment at Sandilands a week ago, when seven people died, states that the tram was travelling at 43.5mph – more than three times … Continue reading

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Tram tracks remain closed until safety report is published today

Transport for London has delayed the re-opening of the tram line between New Addington and East Croydon, pending the publication of the preliminary report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The line has been closed for a week, since the … Continue reading

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MPs tell House of Commons of Croydon’s ‘shock and sorrow’

“When we say goodbye to our loved ones each morning, it never crosses our mind that we may not see them again. Seven families are now having to face that terrible reality, and other people will return to their loved … Continue reading

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Tram driver released on bail as crash investigation continues

Dane Chinnery is the first of the seven passengers who died in yesterday’s Sandilands tram derailment to have been named. Chinnery was 19. He was identified by friends paying tribute to him on social media, where the Crystal Palace fan … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Christian Wolmar, Commuting, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tony Newman, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Civic and religious leaders to mourn tram victims together

Croydon’s civic and religious leaders came together this afternoon to express their sympathy for the victims and the bereaved of today’s horrific Sandilands tram accident. Sunday’s annual civic service, to be held at Croydon Minster to remember the fallen in … Continue reading

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Ex-UKIP candidate posts vile abuse on Twitter after tram crash

A former UKIP parliamentary candidate caused disgust and anger this morning with a tirade of abuse aimed at London transport officials, posted on social media soon after the first reports of the Sandilands tram derailment. Paul Perrin was UKIP’s candidate … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Commuting, East Croydon, Peter Whittle, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Five fatalities in Croydon tram derailment at Sandilands

5pm UPDATE: It was just after 11am today that a spokesman for the British Transport Police announced that there had been “some loss of life” in the tram derailment which had seen two carriages come off the rails on a … Continue reading

Posted in Addiscombe West, Commuting, East Croydon, Gavin Barwell, London Fire Brigade, Mayday Hospital, Mayor of London, New Addington, Policing, Sadiq Khan, Sandilands derailment, TfL, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tram drivers’ union suspend strike action after ‘improved offer’

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has announced this afternoon that is suspending its planned strike action on the tram network after receiving a “much improved offer” from employers FirstGroup. Union officials speaking to Inside Croydon indicated that they will be … Continue reading

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Tram drivers to take two-day strike action next week

Train drivers who operate Croydon’s Tramlink system will be on strike over pay and conditions for two days next week. The strike will begin on Wednesday, June 15, with drivers not returning to work until after midnight on Friday, June … Continue reading

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Croydon really is ‘put on the map’ with latest Tube guide

It is undoubtedly one of the laziest and nonsensical of cliches – “putting Croydon on the map”. Which is probably why we hear it used so often by local politicians and attention-seekers. Because, of course, Croydon has been on maps … Continue reading

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Tram drivers’ 100% vote for strike action in dispute over pay

Members of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, who work on Croydon’s Tramlink network have voted 100 per cent in favour of strike action over what they call “the failure of FirstGroup to make an acceptable pay offer”. There was a … Continue reading

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Mayor Khan to extend one-hour Hopper fares to tram network

The Croydon tram network is preparing itself to be included in the one-hour Hopper fare scheme when it is introduced by Transport for London in September. Last week, Labour’s new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan announced the Hopper scheme, which … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Open data to provide up-to-date travel information on trams

Transport for London has made live service information available to tram passengers at the touch of a button. Tram passengers can access up-to-the-minute information about when their service will arrive and its destination along with the status of the service, … Continue reading

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Croydon disconnected by Easter tram and road closures

Croydon residents, workers and businesses will be disconnected by road, tram and train over Easter, as they face a third successive Bank Holiday weekend of transport disruption, delays and inconvenience. Engineering works will see the main railway line into Victoria … Continue reading

Posted in Commuting, Connected Croydon, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Environment, London-wide issues, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Bungling Boris loses £900m and jeopardises tram extension

Financial and project mismanagement on a multi-million-pound scale under Boris Johnson means that whoever is elected to succeed London’s Tory Mayor in May will not have so much money available for major capital projects, such as the much-promised Tramlink extensions … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 EU referendum, 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Evening Boris, Ken Livingstone, London Assembly, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Steve O'Connell, Zac Goldsmith MP | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Tram accessibility day, East Croydon Station, Dec 6

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TfL’s Dingwall tram loop wastes millions on ‘gold-plated’ pipes

CROYDON COMMENTARY: Transport for London has announced that it will steam ahead with its costly Dingwall Road tram loop, on the basis of a consultation which offered no real alternative and got just a couple of hundred positive responses. JOHN … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Business, Caroline Pidgeon, East Croydon, London Assembly, Mayor of London, New Addington, Planning, Tramlink, Transport, West Croydon, Whitgift Centre | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Londoners left to count the cost of part-time Tory Mayor

The announcement over the weekend that London’s fleet of Boris Buses are to have windows retro-fitted to their upper decks, because the air-conditioning in the £350,000-a-time Roastmasters has never worked, offers as good a reason as any for our Transport … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 London elections, Boris Johnson, Commuting, Crystal Palace Park, Environment, Housing, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, Policing, Tramlink, Transport | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

TfL’s loopy proposals will cut some tram services by 13%

Another week. Another pointless, self-fulfilling “consultation”, this time from Transport for London as they steam-roller through their scheme to sever the tram network in Croydon town centre, all for the benefit of Hammersfield, and mainly at massive public expense. This … Continue reading

Posted in "Hammersfield", Boris Johnson, Centrale, Commuting, Croydon Council, East Croydon, Jo Negrini, Kenley, London-wide issues, Mayor of London, New Addington, Planning, Steve O'Connell, Tramlink, Transport, Whitgift Centre, Whitgift Foundation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Wolmar: Choose a Mayor for real Londoners and London

The selection of candidates to stand for election as the next Mayor of London is under way in earnest this week, at least within the Labour Party, where the various constituencies are each asked to nominate a candidate. Here, one … Continue reading

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