The new Wimbledon tram platform, for which the works are scheduled to begin next month, will help bring in four new trams, allowing 12 trams to run every hour between Wimbledon and Croydon. The development is part of Transport for London’s investment programme and will offer a further boost to the local economy as demand for the tram network grows.
‘The tram enhancement work at Wimbledon is a vital development that will increase the capacity of London’s tram network, which is much needed on this busy service. When complete in 2016, our customers will benefit from a more frequent service with the introduction of four new trams across the Wimbledon to West Croydon branch,” Sharon Thompson, director of London Trams, said.
The tram network has experienced rapid growth in passenger numbers since it opened in 2000, from 18.5 million passengers in its first year of operation to over 32 million in 2014/15, and demand on the tram network is forecast to increase to around 60 million by 2030.