Tramlink

Tramlink, previously Croydon Tramlink, is a light rail tram system serving Croydon and surrounding areas in South London, England. It began operation in 2000, the first tram system in London since 1952. It is owned by London Trams, part of Transport for London (TfL), and has been operated by FirstGroup since 2017. Tramlink is one of two light rail networks in Greater London, the other being the Docklands Light Railway.

Tramlink
Two CR4000 trams on Addiscombe Road, Croydon
The tram network as of 2017
Overview
OwnerTransport for London
Area served
LocaleSouth London
Transit typeLight rail using Trams
Number of stations39
Annual ridership27.2 million (2019/20)[1] 5.3%
HeadquartersTramlink Depot
Coomber Way
Croydon
CR0 4TQ
Websitewww.tfl.gov.uk/modes/trams/
Operation
Began operation10 May 2000 (2000-05-10)
Operator(s)FirstGroup
Number of vehicles
Technical
System length28 km (17 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
ElectrificationOverhead line (750 V DC)
Top speed80 kilometres per hour (50 mph)

The network consists of 39 stops along 28 km (17 mi) of track,[2] on a mixture of street track shared with other traffic, dedicated track in public roads, and off-street track consisting of new rights-of-way, former railway lines, and one right-of-way where the Tramlink track runs parallel to a third rail-electrified Network Rail line.

The network's lines coincide in central Croydon, with eastern termini at Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington, and a western terminus at Wimbledon, where there is an interchange for London Underground. Tramlink is the fourth-busiest light rail network in the UK behind the Docklands Light Railway, Manchester Metrolink and Tyne & Wear Metro.[3]