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Mayor announces shortlisted bidders for additional trams in Croydon

Mayor of London Boris Johnson today announced the shortlisted bidders to supply Transport for London (TfL) with up to ten more trams, which will increase services on the Tramlink network.

"Trams in Croydon have proved a major success" said Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

The three bidders, City of Edinburgh/CAF, Stadler (Stadler Pankow GmBH) and Pesa (Pojazdy Szynowe PESA Bydgoszcz S.A.Holding) will now be invited to submit proposals to supply the additional trams which would increase the frequency of services on the busiest parts of the network between Therapia Lane, central Croydon and Elmers End.

Inspecting one of the current trams at East Croydon tramstop today Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: 'I have no greater responsibility as Mayor than to ensure people can move around this city with ease, comfort and reliability.

'Trams in Croydon have proved a major success and this is reflected in journey numbers which have soared by 45 per cent since the network opened in 2000.

'I look forward to the extra vehicles developing this vital, much-appreciated, and indeed attractive, form of transport further.'

The London Borough of Croydon has confirmed a £3m contribution in funding to the project which will also include the refurbishment of tramstop surrounds.

Croydon Council Leader Mike Fisher said: 'This is looking like a great deal for Croydon and shows the benefits of an ambitious local authority and committed Mayor working together, pooling resources and expertise.

'There is real support to get additional trams for Croydon to keep pace with growing demand for Tramlink services and also to secure major improvements for pedestrians and transport users around and between East and West Croydon stations'

If acceptable bids are received, the extra trams could be in service in just under a years time.

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