Tram extension to Crystal Palace dropped

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Boris Johnson has been accused of abandoning outer London by dropping plans to extend the Tramlink to Crystal Palace.

The extension, which was supported by 78 per cent of Croydon residents, would have reduced journey times between Croydon and Crystal Palace to just 18 minutes.

Plans to drop the extension came to light as the Mayor outlined his plan for the future of London's transport system when he launched TfL's multi-billion pound 10-year Business Plan.

As well as the Crystal Palace tram extension, he also dropped a Brixton/Peckham to Camden cross river tram, extensions to the Docklands Light Railway and an east London river crossing, the Thames Gateway Bridge.

Val Shawcross, Labour's London Assembly transport spokeswoman, said the Mayor was showing his utter lack of ambition and abandoning outer London.

"The Mayor has said a lot about the need to invest in major projects for the sake of London's economy. Yet here he is making a bonfire of much-needed transport schemes vital the economic regeneration of the city,” she said.

"The Mayor's utter lack of commitment to public transport, to encouraging people out of their cars and to investing in London's future have been vividly exposed today.

“It seems that poorer areas of London and the outer boroughs in most need of public transport links just do not feature in the Mayor's vision."

In his speech Mr Johnson said his priorities were continued investment in transport infrastructure to create thousands of jobs for Londoners, boost the economy through uncertain times, and ensure London retains its pre-eminent global position.

He said: “We need to focus on the projects that deliver real benefits for Londoners, and let go of those that lack the funding for completion.

“These projects still required a total of over £3bn in funding from the Government or other sources.

“At a time when Londoners are struggling it is our duty to get maximum bang for their buck and invest in fully funded schemes that we know can be delivered.

“I will not continue with the former Mayor's unrealistic and hollow promises.

“The last administration's commitments amounted to billions of pounds worth of schemes that London could simply never afford.”

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1:31pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Angela M says...

Never mind Croydon - how about better transport links to North Cheam and St Helier?
Never mind Croydon - how about better transport links to North Cheam and St Helier? Angela M
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2:55pm Thu 6 Nov 08

Brian Sewer says...

Very dissapointing,i would have thought with the increased population in the south this would have been a priority,and also its nice to see the poppy on the main page well done the guardian
Very dissapointing,i would have thought with the increased population in the south this would have been a priority,and also its nice to see the poppy on the main page well done the guardian Brian Sewer
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3:20pm Thu 6 Nov 08

scoffer says...

What you've got to remember Brian is that the "south" will continued to be over-crowded - it's a magnet for 'newcomers' for the simple reason is it's easier to to blend in - and work in low-paid blackmarket jobs... i'm afraid the bubble has burst - and it's probably going to get a lot worse before it can get better... still, no-joined up thinking from this Government is par for the course - if there is no available cash for these projects anymore you'd think they would put a cap on our population wouldn't you ? seems logical to me and my missus - and we're only two honest citizens thinking out loud.
What you've got to remember Brian is that the "south" will continued to be over-crowded - it's a magnet for 'newcomers' for the simple reason is it's easier to to blend in - and work in low-paid blackmarket jobs... i'm afraid the bubble has burst - and it's probably going to get a lot worse before it can get better... still, no-joined up thinking from this Government is par for the course - if there is no available cash for these projects anymore you'd think they would put a cap on our population wouldn't you ? seems logical to me and my missus - and we're only two honest citizens thinking out loud. scoffer
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11:14am Fri 7 Nov 08

upper borewood says...

Couple of things. West Tarring & Wimbledon, how exactly will these two areas be effected by the tramlink not being built? Or is is as i suspect, that it has ruined your plans to use Crystal Palace as a car park to avoid paying to park in Croydon? Secondly, in the article it is typical of sour grapes labour who lost to a tory and are starting to have a go. It is clear that a labour government who has been bailing out banks recently only for them to allow the same banks to pocket the extra cash from the interest rate cut, to then have a go at a mna who actually looks like he is trying to come within budget. Clearly it is something they are not used to doing!!!
Couple of things. West Tarring & Wimbledon, how exactly will these two areas be effected by the tramlink not being built? Or is is as i suspect, that it has ruined your plans to use Crystal Palace as a car park to avoid paying to park in Croydon? Secondly, in the article it is typical of sour grapes labour who lost to a tory and are starting to have a go. It is clear that a labour government who has been bailing out banks recently only for them to allow the same banks to pocket the extra cash from the interest rate cut, to then have a go at a mna who actually looks like he is trying to come within budget. Clearly it is something they are not used to doing!!! upper borewood
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5:43pm Fri 7 Nov 08

Brian Sewer says...

I dont use the car I travel by train to East Croydon but anything that can help the increased travelling public to keep moving is a must i think
I dont use the car I travel by train to East Croydon but anything that can help the increased travelling public to keep moving is a must i think Brian Sewer
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8:27am Sun 16 Nov 08

deanstephenbooth says...

Conservative council (Croydon) is wrong to let Conservative mayor (Johnson) off the hook for culpability in the scrapping of the Crystal Palace tramlink extension. Johnson's manifesto pledge to scrap bendy-buses and introduce a "21st century Routemaster" bus sounds fantastic in a cartoon world - I myself loved the Routemaster - but in the real world it was estimated by TfL to cost in the region of £70million (though with very little logic attached to this hefty bill; bendy-buses were thought by TfL to be no more dangerous than other types of buses and certainly didn't kill the thousands of cyclists that Johnson was blustering on about). Abandoning this (as Johnson himself might say) "potty" bus replacement scheme early on would mean that a sizeable chunk of the £180million needed for the extremely beneficial tramlink extension (environmental, social) could immediately be raised.


Conservative council (Croydon) is wrong to let Conservative mayor (Johnson) off the hook for culpability in the scrapping of the Crystal Palace tramlink extension. Johnson's manifesto pledge to scrap bendy-buses and introduce a "21st century Routemaster" bus sounds fantastic in a cartoon world - I myself loved the Routemaster - but in the real world it was estimated by TfL to cost in the region of £70million (though with very little logic attached to this hefty bill; bendy-buses were thought by TfL to be no more dangerous than other types of buses and certainly didn't kill the thousands of cyclists that Johnson was blustering on about). Abandoning this (as Johnson himself might say) "potty" bus replacement scheme early on would mean that a sizeable chunk of the £180million needed for the extremely beneficial tramlink extension (environmental, social) could immediately be raised. deanstephenbooth
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