Extra Wimbledon Sunday Trams Are Popular

Nearly 10% increase in passenger numbers

The extra Wimbledon Tramlink services on Sundays are proving popular with passengers.

One month after the extra services were introduced the number of passengers using the line on Sundays has already risen by almost 10% from an average of 39,834 to 44,330.

The new services were introduced on December 14, with trams running every seven to eight minutes on this route (Line 3) compared to the previous frequency of every 15 minutes.

In addition to a more frequent Sunday service a new 700m section of double track has recently been completed between Mitcham Junction and Beddington Lane as part of the Wimbledon line improvement programme. The new track will allow trams to pass more easily through this section and therefore reduce delays for customers.

Work to add a new bay to platform 10 at Wimbledon station will start later this year and when complete it will enable the introduction of an additional four new trams onto the network, which will bring customers a 50% service increase to the Wimbledon branch by 2016, making journeys less crowded. 

Transport for London's Director of London Tramlink, Sharon Thompson, said: "We're pleased to see that our passengers have been quick to take advantage of the more frequent Sunday service we now offer on what is becoming an important leisure and shopping day. Our trams are running every seven to eight minutes along the Wimbledon to New Addington route between 10am and 6pm, making weekend travel much easier and more convenient."

January 28, 2015