The Wimbledon Line Enhancement is a £30 million scheme that will increase the capacity of the London Tram network by 50% on this branch.
The tram enhancement work at Wimbledon is a vital development that will increase the capacity of London's tram network, which is much needed on this busy service. When complete in 2016, our customers will benefit from a more frequent service with the introduction of four new trams across the Wimbledon to Croydon branch.
Sharon Thompson, Director of London Trams
The line between Beddington Lane to Mitcham Junction flyover and Mitcham Junction to Mitcham was two of the network’s worst bottlenecks. - Constrained to single track, trams would often have to wait at one end for each another to pass the section in the opposite direction.
This has now been resolved and twin tracks have now been installed in both areas, allowing trams to run in both directions simultaneously.
Last year (2015) saw major changes at Wimbledon. Tramlink Platform 10 was closed for several months and services were terminated at Dundonald Road, which resulted in a short walk to Wimbledon Town Centre.
The platform arrangements for trams have been reconfigured and a second one has been created. New signalling and a set of points have been installed. Additional Passenger Information Screens and Oystercard readers have also been installed.
Tram platforms are now known as 10a and 10b.
A further four new Stadler trams (numbered 2560-2563) have now joined the fleet.
Trams 2560 and 2562 have received promotional London Tramlink branding to advertise they are one of four new trams to boost services on the Wimbledon line.
The depot at Therapia Lane has been expanded to cater for the extra four trams to be stabled there overnight.
Following the completion of the improvement work on the Wimbledon line and the introduction of the four new trams.
On 3rd April 2016 London Tramlink increased the number of trams on the Wimbledon line – boosting capacity and reducing passenger waiting times. The line will now see twelve trams-per-hour between Sandilands and Wimbledon.
The following lines now start at Wimbledon:
Line 3 to New Addington via Mitcham Junction and Addington Village
Line 4 to Elmers End via Mitcham Junction and Woodside
Line 4 only operates Monday to Saturday with no early morning or late evening service
More photos of the new enhanced service on the Wimbledon line have been captured during the first week of operation.