TfL Tramlink Tenders whilst Brent Brainstorms

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TfL are tendering for a number of additional trams with which to expand services on the Croydon Tramlink. The Contract Notice can be read here, although there’s not much more than a basic overview yet.

Currently, it appears that the intention is to run a new service between Elmers End and Therapia Lane, Mondays to Saturdays. This will need ten new tram units (with five in service at any time), and this tender is for second hand tram units with which to deliver that service and associated parts and maintenance.

Elsewhere, light rail has appeared on the conceptual radar in Brent, where it seems the possibility of a Brent Light Rail system was raised in this month’s Council meeting. This should definitely be filed firmly in the “ideas” category, and full details are not yet available as to what precisely came up (the minutes haven’t been posted online yet). Councillor Shafique Choudhary, however, has a reasonably thorough “route map” up on his blog (reproduced below), as well as some other information about the proposal.

Sadly Brent’s surface lines (old and new) fall largely outside the realms of LR’s infrastructure knowledge, so if those more familiar with it would care to provide their comments on the practicality or otherwise) of the scheme we’d be grateful.

Thanks to CM for the Tramlink spot.

Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.