Croydon Tramlink - A Definitive History
Publisher: Pen & Sword Transport
An in-depth look at the South London light rail tram system, from the author of Britain’s Last Mechanical Signalling.
Croydon Tramlink is a new history about the network linking Wimbledon with Croydon in South London. This is the first full history of this fascinating tramway, which is about to celebrate its twentieth anniversary of opening. 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.
Praise for Croydon Tramlink
“In the very readable narrative we learn of the careful behind the scenes work undertaken to gain the support of the principal local authority and BR, and the lengthy process of gaining parliamentary approval and securing the necessary capital funding. We also hear of the obstructive tactics of the bus lobby which prevented construction of a more passenger-friendly interchange at New Addington, surely an indictment of public transport policy and planning at the time. The book is liberally illustrated with color images, many showing the original red and white and current blue, green and white liveries worn by the light rail vehicles.” —West Somerset Railway Association