Croydon Tramlink operates 24 trams, built by Bombardier. The trams are numbered 2530–2553, following on from the number of the last of the old London trams.
The trams are Bombardier's CR-4000 model (now called 'Flexity Swift' by the manufacturer), similar to the K4000 trams operating in Cologne, Germany. The trams are 98' 9" (30.1m) long and 8' 8" (2.65m) wide, composed of two cars joined by a central articulated section. They are low-floor, being step-free apart from a single step into the very front and rear of the vehicle. The top speed is 50mph, although trams operate at road speeds on the street-running sections of the system.
Passenger capacity is 70 seated and 138 standing, with spaces for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Trams operate singly in passenger service, but may be coupled in an emergency. The system uses 750vDC overhead power supply with single wire pantograph current collection.
Since Tramlink's opening, some trams have operated in all-over advertising liveries, including one for Nescafé and one in the corporate livery of the operators, First Group. All trams now carry the standard Tramlink livery of red and white with matt black window pillars.
Trams were originally fitted with destination blinds, which showed the route number, ultimate destination and intermediate points. These were replaced during 2006 with electronic destination indicators which show only the final destination of the tram.
Last updated: 21st October 2007
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