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New trams for Croydon

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has confirmed that contracts have now been signed for the supply of six new trams for London Tramlink that will boost services on the network in Croydon from early next year. The new trams will be built by German manufacturer Stadler Pankow GmbH and delivered early next year. At 32 metres long, the Stadler trams are the Variobahn model based on vehicles currently in use in Bergen, Norway and are air-conditioned and 100% low-floor. The contract is worth GBP16.3m to the supplier which includes spare parts and special equipment to run the vehicles.

Due to the five section trams being longer than the existing trams modifications to tram stops and the depot will be required. The first of the new trams will be delivered this winter and will enter service in spring 2012 following a rigorous testing and commissioning period. The remaining five trams will be delivered from early 2012 through to spring 2012. When they begin running more frequent services will run on the busiest parts of the network between Therapia Lane, central Croydon and Elmers End.

The arrival of the new trams will help contribute to the regeneration of Croydon following the recent disturbances. To encourage shoppers to head into the town centre and support their local businesses there will be free travel on the trams this weekend.

19 August 2011

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