Boris Johnson abandons £170M plan to extend Croydon Tramlink to Crystal Palace

Croydon Guardian: Croydon's trams won't be going to Crystal Palace Croydon's trams won't be going to Crystal Palace

A £170M plan to extend the Croydon Tramlink in to Crystal Palace has been abandoned due to lack of funding.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson scrapped plans for trams to run from Harrington Road in Croydon through to Anerley and Crystal Palace.

The tram line currently travels as far as Beckenham and Elmers End.

Plans were dropped along with more than £3billion worth of other transport projects across the capital.

Instead money will be invested in improving the Tube, introducing a Routemaster bus, and the Crossrail project to build a railway across London.

The Mayor 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.

“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.”

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11:16pm Tue 11 Nov 08

Marie Pearson says...

Wasn't this all over the news last week?
Wasn't this all over the news last week? Marie Pearson

10:37am Wed 12 Nov 08

scoffer says...

Arr... "lack of funding eh" well the bubble has well and truely burst in this country - personally, there is nothing wrong with the exsisting transport network - and it's welcome news that the already congested streets will not be dug up for years to come installing trams - I did hear that hardly anyone buys a ticket on these trams anymore in certain areas!!
Arr... "lack of funding eh" well the bubble has well and truely burst in this country - personally, there is nothing wrong with the exsisting transport network - and it's welcome news that the already congested streets will not be dug up for years to come installing trams - I did hear that hardly anyone buys a ticket on these trams anymore in certain areas!! scoffer

10:44am Sun 16 Nov 08

Fred1 says...

It doesn't make sense. Roads don't necessarily need to be dug up to put down tran tracks; they can be put down fairly easily wherever there's already a backstreet, or a driveway, or a mud-track, or a disused railway line, or a disused canal bed. Indeed, putting down tram tracks may even be cheaper than tarmacking over such routes and turning them into roads.

Trams can take much sharper corners and climb steeper hills than ordinary trains, or even tube trains. And Crystal Palace is a very hilly area, which is why the TV transmitter is there. There's absolutely no way that the tube is going to reach Crystal Palace any time soon.

Can't deny that Crossrail would probably be useful to many many more people, though. But I anticipate that it will all be suited businessy types, rather than scruffy council estate kids. And the Crossrail fares will be priced accordingly. My point is, I believe the Tramlink extension will do far more for social inclusiveness, and breaking down the barriers between the rich and the poor, than the Crossrail will. And it should be much cheaper too.

That said, ideally we should have both. It shouldn't have to be one or the other.
It doesn't make sense. Roads don't necessarily need to be dug up to put down tran tracks; they can be put down fairly easily wherever there's already a backstreet, or a driveway, or a mud-track, or a disused railway line, or a disused canal bed. Indeed, putting down tram tracks may even be cheaper than tarmacking over such routes and turning them into roads. Trams can take much sharper corners and climb steeper hills than ordinary trains, or even tube trains. And Crystal Palace is a very hilly area, which is why the TV transmitter is there. There's absolutely no way that the tube is going to reach Crystal Palace any time soon. Can't deny that Crossrail would probably be useful to many many more people, though. But I anticipate that it will all be suited businessy types, rather than scruffy council estate kids. And the Crossrail fares will be priced accordingly. My point is, I believe the Tramlink extension will do far more for social inclusiveness, and breaking down the barriers between the rich and the poor, than the Crossrail will. And it should be much cheaper too. That said, ideally we should have both. It shouldn't have to be one or the other. Fred1
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