Croydon Tramlink: A Definitive History (Pen & Sword)

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By Gareth David. A definitive history of the successful light rail network in South London that serves the area from Wimbledon to Croydon, New Addington and Beckenham. This is the first full history of this fascinating tramway, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary on 10 May 2020.

The book looks at the political, economic and social aspects of the network, as well as the mechanical history of the system. The tramway has been an important aspect in rejuvenating the Croydon area and improving transport links in an area lacking underground lines.

Chapter List:

  • Chapter 1: The Opportunity in Croydon
  • Chapter 2: Preparing the Way
  • Chapter 3: Winning Parliamentary Approval
  • Chapter 4: Building and Opening Tramlink
  • Chapter 5: Financial Meltdown at TCL
  • Chapter 6: Project Seagull and TfL Takeover
  • Chapter 7: A Tour of the Network
  • Chapter 8: Accidents and Incidents
  • Chapter 9: The 2016 Sandilands Disaster
  • Chapter 10: Expanding the Network
  • Bibliography

Croydon Tramlink: A Definitive History also includes a foreword by Nicholas Owen, a portfolio section depicting trams in Croydon town centre, and a full index. Illustrated in colour throughout with photographs, maps and other reproductions. 200 pages. Hardback.

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