In one of the more bizarre stories we have reported for quite some time a former councillor has set up a campaign group against extending London Tramlink to Bromley – even though the plans aren’t really on the table! Rod Reed has created TramStop to campaign against a line which would link Bromley to Tramlink at Beckenham Junction with his main gripe apparently being that a significant sum of money has recently been spent on improving Beckenham Junction railway station forecourt and this would have to be ripped up to pave the way for the trams.
It seems that Mr Reed has recently written to Bromley Council for their views on extending Tramlink to the town and as they said they would have no objections he has launched his campaign. It should be remembered that the recent draft business plan from Transport for London made no mention of any specific Tramlink extension although plans continue to be looked at. It is believed if – and it remains a rather big if at the moment – any extension was developed further it would most likely see Crystal Palace join the network so the chances of Bromley joining Tramlink anytime soon seem pretty remote.
This doesn’t seem to have deterred Mr Reed from setting up his campaign though and he believes he has “quite a fight” to prevent Tramlink from reaching Bromley. We at British Trams Online wish that he did have “quite a fight” on his hands as at least that would mean that TfL were developing extensions of Tramlink!
Bromley Council would support any plans to extend Tramlink but according to their local
implementation plan this would not happen before the period between 2022 and 2030 – and it would all be dependent on funding and support from TfL neither of which are currently forthcoming.
Well it is a slow news season I guess…