Press received received from Transport for London (TfL):
I am writing to inform you that further strike action on the tram network in Croydon is planned on Thursday 9 May. This is the next in a series of proposed strikes called by the ASLEF trade union, with further action possible on Thursday 23 May.
ASLEF is in dispute with Tram Operations Limited (TOL), a subsidiary of FirstGroup, which operates the tram network and directly employs the drivers. We continue to urge ASLEF and TOL to continue discussions and settle their dispute without further disrupting customers’ journeys with more strike action.
If the strike goes ahead, a reduced service will run on Thursday 9 May, at roughly eight minute intervals from 07:00 to 20:00 between Wimbledon and East Croydon only. Before 07:00 and after 20:00, the service will operate at around 15 minute intervals between these stops. The first two trams of the day will run from Therapia Lane to New Addington and back to Wimbledon to support early morning shift workers in the area.
We will be further enhancing key local bus services on busier routes during peak times to meet increased demand and provide a better option for customers than rail replacement services. We are advising bus customers in the area to plan more time for their journeys as buses are likely to be busier than normal. Bus and Tram passes will also be accepted on some Southern services. Services will resume as normal from Friday morning.
Based on experience from the last strike, we will be further enhancing key local bus services on busier routes during peak times to meet increased demand and provide another option for customers. We are advising bus customers in the area to plan more time for their journeys, as services are likely to be busier than normal. Bus and Tram passes will also be accepted on some Southern Rail services. Tram services will resume as normal from Friday morning.
We will ensure customers have all the information they need to plan their journeys, with posters at tram stops, via local and social media and on the Transport for London (TfL) website at www.tfl.gov.uk/tram-strike. TfL Travel Ambassadors will be on hand at key locations to provide information and advice to customers.