Announces Opening 10th May 2000
TRAMS ARE BACK – WITH HELP FROM 1950s DRIVER
driver who drove one of the last Croydon trams back in 1951
will be close to the driving seat when the first of London’s
new trams start carrying passengers on 10th May.
Fred Roberts who was just 33 when crowds gathered to bid farewell
to trams in Croydon nearly 50 years ago, will join the Mayor
of Croydon, Dr Shafi Khan, in opening the first phase of Europe’s
most modern light rail system, the £200 million Tramlink.
Along with some of the key figures who have helped develop
the project over the last decade and dozens of community representatives,
Fred Roberts will be on board the first tram.
Passenger services will start at 1pm – with Tramtrack
Croydon Ltd.(TCL) celebrating the event by offering free travel
for the remainder of the opening day.
TCL, the consortium who have the concession from London Transport
to design, build and operate the system promise the launch
of the New Addington branch will be followed shortly by two
other services from Beckenham and Wimbledon. When fully open
the 28 km environmentally-friendly network is expected to
carry more than 20 million passengers in a year and save 2
million car journeys.
TCL chairman Bob Dorey said: ‘We are absolutely delighted
to be opening for public service. It has been important to
get everything right for launching a safe and reliable service
and now we can start demonstrating what the latest state-of-
the-art public transport can do for passengers in south London.
particularly want to pay personal tribute to Croydon Council
and London Transport for having the vision to promote Tramlink
and, to London Transport for arranging the concession to build
and operate the system. My thanks go also to the many teams
under the control of Amey and Sir Robert McAlpine who have
designed and built the system ready for our operation; to
Bombardier Transportation who supplied the trams and to First
Group who are our operators.’
Clive Hodson, LT Project Director with responsibility for
Tramlink said ‘I am delighted that the first stage of Tramlink
is opening today and I am quite sure it will be a huge success
in this important part of London. It will provide fast, fully
accessible journeys and will be crucial to persuading people
out of their cars and on to public transport.
key to its success will be its integration with bus services,
including the dedicated Tramlink feeder services, the National
Rail network and the Underground. It is a fine illustration
of what can be achieved when central and local government,
transport authorities and the private sector act together
Council leader Hugh Malyan said ‘ Already there are encouraging
signs that Tramlink is becoming a catalyst for new economic
investment as well as being a vivid symbol of confidence in
Croydon’s progress at the start of the millennium. The extensive
green landscaping that has grown up as the tram route has
been built is brightening the appearance of the borough and,
in the central area, the trams have added to the colourful
continental feel of the place with its busy pavement cafes
and buzzing atmosphere. However, I am particularly pleased
that the first people to benefit from this huge investment
will be the residents of New Addington. People can be proud
of the Council’s foresight in helping to bring to the borough
a congestion-busting environmentally friendly form of public
transport that will reinforce the town’s leading position
in the south east.’
Two Tramlink feeder bus services will start running from New
Addington to Addington Village Interchange from Thursday 11th
May, the first full day of tram operation. Route T31 will
run from Vulcan Way via King Henry’s Drive, Homestead Way,
Overbury Cresent, Parkway, King Henry’s Drive, Goldcrest Way,
Headley Drive, Merrow Way, Fieldway and Lodge Lane. Route
T 32 will run from the New Addington (Parkway) Tram Stop via
Central Parade, Arnhem Drive, King Henry’s Drive, Goldcrest
Way, Headley Drive and Lodge Lane. Through single tickets
will be available for transfer to and from the trams at no
extra charge for the bus journey.
Express bus X30, which runs from New Addington to West Croydon,
will no longer run after 10th May. Feeder bus T 31 will be
extended to Forestdale, Courtwood Lane, from 20th May when
other bus services in the area are revised.
For Information: Tramtrack Croydon Limited
Tramtrack Croydon Limited (TCL)
TCL was been awarded the 99 year concession for the design
build and operation of the Croydon Tramlink system in 1996.
TCL is a consortium with six corporate shareholders, each
providing loans and equity investment.
First CentreWest - the Operators
First CentreWest, a subsidiary of FirstGroup plc are experienced
bus operators within the London area, providing bus services
under contract to London Buses on certain routes. First CentreWest
has set up a subsidiary company - First Tram Operations Ltd
(TOL), which is responsible for operating and maintaining
the Tramlink system under a 30-year contract to TCL. TOL’s
activities are mainly based at the new depot near the Therapia
Lane tram stop which houses workshops, the control centre
and administration offices, as well as acting as the base
Bombardier Transportation - the Tram Suppliers
Bombardier is responsible for supplying and maintaining the
24 light rail vehicles for the Croydon Tramlink scheme. The
design for this vehicle has been based on Bombardier’s existing
design for the city trams in operation in Cologne. The vehicles
feature low level access, modern interiors and a high passenger
The Royal Bank of Scotland plc
The Royal Bank of Scotland played a significant part in negotiating
loan documentation, as well as providing private sector funding,
in conjunction with an international syndicate of banks.
3i - Project Finance
3i are providing a loan facility, as well as bringing a wealth
of private sector financial experience to the project.
Sir Robert McAlpine/Amey Construction Ltd
The two companies, which together form the Construction Joint
Venture (CJV), are long-established British companies with
particular experience in heavy civil engineering (Sir Robert
McAlpine) and road and railway construction and maintenance
(Amey). The CJV have, in conjunction with other specialists,
designed, constructed and installed the infrastructure. This
includes the track, bridges, cuttings, embankments and other
civil engineering structures; overhead line equipment, stops,
electricity sub-stations and traffic signals.