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Croydon announcement

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today announced the shortlisted bidders to supply Transport for London (TfL) with up to ten more trams, which will increase services on the Tramlink network.

The three bidders

will now be invited to submit proposals to supply the additional trams which are required to increase the frequency of services on the busiest parts of the network between Therapia Lane, central Croydon and Elmers End.

Inspecting one of the current trams at East Croydon tram stop today Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

'I have no greater responsibility as Mayor than to ensure people can move around this city with ease, comfort and reliability.

'Trams in Croydon have proved a major success and this is reflected in journey numbers which have soared by 45 per cent since the network opened in 2000.

'I look forward to the extra vehicles developing this vital, much-appreciated, and indeed attractive, form of transport further.'

The London Borough of Croydon has confirmed a £3m contribution in funding to the project which will also include the refurbishment of tram stop surrounds. London Tramlink is looking at either new build or existing vehicles that can be modified at reasonable cost to run on the Tramlink infrastructure. It is anticipated that the trams will be delivered during the latter part of 2011 for a possible start of service in early 2012.

26 March 2011

Note: Of the three shortlisted bidders the Polish firm PESA is relatively unknown. It is the subject of an article in the April issue of Tramways & Urban Transit.

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