Tag Archives: 1994


The Croydon Tramlink officially opened on 10th May 2000, and the last part of the network to come in to use was the route from Elmers End to Wimbledon, on 30th May 2000.

The eastbound platform at Mitcham tramstop. Photo taken 10th May 2020.

Mitcham tramstop, looking west towards the London Road. Photo taken 10th May 2020.

Approval by the government for the tram scheme, as well as one for Birmingham, was granted on 13th December 1994, as reported in the Financial Times the next day.

Financial Times, 14th December 1994.

Tram schemes win approval

Approval for tram systems to be built in Birmingham and the south London borough of Croydon was granted by the government yesterday. Both will be funded by a mix of pub¬lic and private capital.

Detailed proposals for the schemes, which are expected to require a total investment of £305m, have been prepared by private sponsors and local authorities. They were delayed for several years while awaiting government approval.

The schemes will depend on the private sector making a “significant” contribution to the total cost, Mr Brian Mawhinney, the transport sec-retary, said.

London Transport, one of the backers of the Croydon Tramlink, said the government’s statement represented an important step forward, but West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority criticised it as requiring too large a financial contribution from local authorities.

If the two schemes do proceed they will represent a significant boost to light rail systems in the UK. Manchester began operating trams in 1992, followed by Sheffield this year. Before that British cities had neglected trams for decades.

Croydon Tramlink is a 17-mile network aimed at speeding up journey times between Wimbledon, Croydon, Beckenham and New Addington. London Transport and Croydon Borough Council believe the private sector would be willing to provide more than half the £160m cost.

The Midland Metro would link central Birmingham with Wolverhampton over 13 miles of track, with the private sector contributing about £10.5m to the £145m cost.

Mr Richard Worrall, chairman of the West Midlands PTA, said it had already spent or promised £13m to aid preparations for the project. “We are being asked to commit further capital from resources we do not have,” he said.

Proposals for Croydon Tram¬link have been drawn up by a private consortium comprising German engineering group AEG, Tarmac Construction and Transdev, an operator of trams in France, but the project would be put out to open competition. The Midland Metro contract has already been won by a consortium comprising John Laing, the UK construction group, and Ansaldo Trasporti, an Italian supplier of rail systems.

Local residents received letters warning them of the construction that was in progress for the conversion of the railway line near their homes into tram track.

Letter dated 25th March 1998 to residents about site clearance.

Letter dated 22nd December 1998 to local residents about the overhead power line works.

Letter dated 10th April 2000 to local residents about track work near their homes as the tramlink nears completion.

A leaflet explained the system:

Welcome to our brand new local transport system

Tramlink’s 28km (18 miles) of track links Croydon to Wimbledon, Beckenham Junction, Elmers End and New Addington, allowing fast and efficient travel across South London and linking to many important train and bus routes, thus opening up a tremendous number of journey options for residents and visitors alike.

Our 24 new trams serve 38 stops along three routes, shortening journey times, reducing road traffic and pollution. Trams travel at up to 80km per hour in off street areas but run at low speed in pedestrian streets in Croydon town centre.

How Tramlink is starting

Tramlink’s three routes are opening in stages, starting with route 3 between New Addington and Croydon.
The initial timetables provide frequent services, every 7 minutes in the daytime on Mondays to Saturdays on route 3, and every 12 minutes on routes 1 and 2. Services will be monitored and timetables are subject to change.

Route map

Buying a Ticket

Tickets can be purchased from automatic ticket machines at all tram stops.

Full instructions are given on the machines, which accept both coins and notes and give change.

1. Each ticket machine has a wheel, which can be turned to select the destination required from a list displayed on screen.
2. When destination is highlighted simply press the green OK button located in the centre of the wheel.
3. Now turn the wheel again to select a ticket type from the choice available. Press the green OK button.
4. Check the details on the screen are correct and insert payment.
5. The ticket and any change can be collected from the slot below.

If change runs out a refund voucher is issued, which you can change at the Tramlink shop (in person or by post – we will refund postage costs), or ask a ticket inspector.

Tickets and Passes

The following tickets and passes are valid for journeys on Tramlink:

»Single/Return Tickets – please buy from the ticket machine at the tram stop or in the Tramlink shop. Single fares are 90p for any journey from Beckenham Junction, Elmers End or New Addington to the Zone 3 boundary at Morden Road or intermediately. For longer distance journeys which cross the Zone 3 boundary, the single fare is £1.30. Children aged 5-13 inclusive pay 40p single, also children aged 14 and 15 with a valid child rate photocard; child rate tickets are not sold for journeys starting between 2200 and 0429 – at these times the adult fare applies. Two accompanied children under 5 travel free. Return tickets (to avoid having to buy two tickets), cost twice the single fare.

» Bus/Tram Tickets for through transfer trips from bus routes T31, T32, T33, which cost the same as the tram only fare.

» Bus and Tram combined One Day Passes – buy from the Tramlink shop or PASS agents.

» LT Travelcards / LT Cards – Zones 4,5 or 6 Travelcards and LT Cards may be used anywhere on Tramlink except between Merton Park and Wimbledon, where Zone 3 validity is necessary.

» Freedom Passes issued by London Boroughs to Elderly, Disabled and Blind People are valid for free travel on Tramlink.

» LT Bus Passes are not valid on Tramlink.
For full details of tickets and passes validity, please see information on tram stops. A number of other ticketing initiatives are being developed and will be publicised at a later date.

Examples of tickets:

Reverse side of ticket

C.Q.M.S. Herbert William Evans R.A.M.C.

Norwood News – Friday 20 October 1944
Image © Trinity Mirror. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

Norwood News – Friday 20 October 1944

To Look after Our Wounded

MR. AND MRS. EVANS, Newlands-road, who have lived in Norbury for over 30 years, received news last week that their son, C.Q.M.S. Herbert William Evans (aged 26) had been posted missing from Arnhem.

C.Q.M.S. Evans went into a Norwood estate agent’s office when he left Norbury Manor School at the age of fifteen. Joining up at the beginning of the war, he served in the R.A.M.C. in North Africa and Italy before taking a part in the Invasion of Holland. He was in Montgomery’s Division in Italy, so when “Monty” came back for the invasion, he came, too.

C.Q.M.S. Evans was attached to the airborne troops, and played his part in the heroic stand at Arnhem. When the troops were being evacuated, volunteers from the R.A.M.C. were asked to remain behind to care for the wounded, and amongst that group of tired but valiant volunteers was our Norbury hero. Our men moved out and the Germans moved in, to find our medical orderlies busy with the wounded.

C.Q.M.S. Evans is at present “missing,” but it is hoped soon to hear that he is a prisoner-of-war.

Note that Q.M.S. meant Quartermaster Sergeant.

The 1939 Register shows him living with his parents at 5, Newlands Road, Croydon:

William Evans, born 15th February 1874, privately employed gardener
Phoebe E. Evans, born 20th September 1878, housewife
Herbert W. Evans, born 10th February 1918, assistant to Surveyor, Valuer & Estate Agent

Schedule Number: 170
Sub Schedule Number: 3
Enumeration District: CLDD
Registration district: 39-1

Source: The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/1282H

Thanks go to the comment made on this post by the Half Muffled blog, that there are more details on the Find My Past website:

British Army Casualty Lists 1939-1945

Previously reported Missing believed Prisoner of War
now reported Prisoner of War in German hands (Germany)

Royal Army Medical Corps

Service No. 7364544 EVANS H.W.
Rank A/W.O.II (Q.M.S.)
H.Q.1 Airborne Div.

Previous List No. 1581
Date of Missing Casualty : 25.09.44

England & Wales Deaths 1837-2007

Herbert William Evans, born 10th February 1918, died second quarter of 1994

District Isle of Wight
District number 5561B
Register number B56A
Entry number 271
Date of registration 05/1994