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New tram timetables proposed for 2018

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Transport for London is planning to introduce changes to its tram timetables in 2018 to improve reliability and reducing crowding on services.

The changes include:

·         Trams operating every 5 minutes between Wimbledon and Arena, with even gaps between trams to make waiting times more predictable

·         At Arena, each alternate tram will branch off to either Beckenham Junction or Elmers End, providing each branch with a regular 10-minute service

·         The New Addington service will run to West Croydon, rather than Wimbledon, every 7-8 minutes (the same frequency as now)

·         Most Elmers End services will operate through to Wimbledon rather than West Croydon, except in the evenings and Sundays

·         Early morning trams in some areas, including the New Addington and Wimbledon branches, will be more frequent to carry more people

Overall, the changes will reduce typical wait times for more than three quarters of customers. Waiting times will be more predictable, with less uncertainty caused by irregular intervals between trams.

TfL intends to no longer display line numbers on the front of trams which means destination information can be bigger and easier to see.

Details of the changes:

Wimbledon branch

·         Trams will be evenly spaced every 5 minutes

·         The average waiting time for a tram will be reduced Crowding will be reduced by up to a third

·         There will be direct trams between Wimbledon and Elmers End every 10 minutes

·         Tram departures will alternate predictably between the two platforms at Wimbledon making it easier for customers to know which tram will be departing first

·         Trams will run to/from Beckenham Junction instead of New Addington. Customers for New Addington will need to change at Centrale.

·         There will usually be a 2-4 minute wait, and the onward tram will depart from the same platform. There will be no need to touch in again, and no extra charge. This will affect fewer than 1 in 50 customers.

New Addington branch

·         Trams will run to West Croydon, providing a new direct connection to the northern part of Croydon town centre

·         The first 2 departures in the early morning from New Addington will run through to Wimbledon

·         There will be a more frequent early morning service between 06:00 and 06:30

·         Customers travelling towards Wimbledon will need to change trams at George Street. There will usually be a 2-4 minute wait, and the onward tram will depart from the same platform. There will be no need to touch in again, and no extra charge. This will affect fewer than 1 in 50 customers

·         In the longer term the aim will be to increase the frequency of this branch and these changes will make it possible to fit more trams on the line in future.

East Croydon - Addiscombe - Arena

·         Trams will be evenly spaced at regular intervals, at least every 5 minutes

·         The average waiting time for a tram will be reduced

·         Crowding will be reduced by up to a third

·         The total number of trams per hour on this part of the network will change slightly (from 22 to 20 at Lebanon Road, for example), but because they will be more evenly spaced the average waiting time will be shorter and crowding will be reduced

Beckenham Junction branch

·         Trams will run through to Wimbledon rather than going to West Croydon, providing a direct connection to many new destinations

·         Trams will continue to run regularly every 10 minutes

·         Customers travelling to the northern part of Croydon town centre (such as Centrale and West Croydon station) will need to change at Church Street. This will affect fewer than 1 in 100 customers

Elmers End stop

·         At most times, all trams will run through to Wimbledon providing more frequent
direct connections to many destinations

·         The frequency of trams will change to a regular every 10 minutes. Although some people will need to wait slightly longer for a tram, there will be fewer delays and crowding will be reduced.

·         Customers travelling to the northern part of Croydon town centre (eg Centrale and West Croydon station) will need to change at Church Street.  There will usually be a 2-4 minute wait, and the onward tram will depart from the same platform. There will be no need to touch in again, and no extra charge. This will affect fewer than 1 customer in 100.

Changing trams

There will usually be a 2-4 minute wait to change trams, and the onward tram will depart from the same platform. There will be no need to touch in again, and no extra charge.

To find out more, attend a TfL drop in session:

Monday 11 December, 17:00-20:00

London Trams shop
Suffolk House
5 George St
East Croydon
CR0 1P

Wednesday 13 December, 16:00-18:00

New Addington Library
61 Central Parade
New Addington
CR0 0JD 

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