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Croydon seeks more trams

Transport for London (TfL) is planning increase its services by leasing up to ten trams for the London Tramlink network that covers Croydon and Wimbledon. Companies have been invited to submit proposals to supply the new or second hand trams which, subject to funding being confirmed, would increase the frequency of services on the busiest route which runs between central Croydon and Elmers End.

The invitation to bid has been issued in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) as required by EU regulations. Bids will close on 21 February. It is hoped the trams will be able to be delivered by the end of summer 2011.

Tramlink currently has a fleet of 24 Bombardier CR4000 trams of which 22 are required in traffic each day. It is understood that the extra trams would be used on a new service planned to run between Therapia Lane and Elmers End via central Croydon which would require a minimum of 5 vehicles. The final deal is subject to funding, with the London Borough of Croydon considering to contribute to the cost. This is hoped to be confirmed as part of its future Capital programme being considered at its cabinet meeting on 21 February.

1 February 2011

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