The Croydon tram line has fully reopened after engineers replaced 60m of cabling and repaired “minor damage” to 10m of tracks.
Fears that the tracks were seriously damaged by a large nearby fire in last week’s riots were allayed when police finished examining the arson crime scene, and allowed engineers to inspect the damage from Wednesday onwards.
A Transport for London spokesman said the tracks were not taken up. The repairs consisted of clearing rubble that had fallen from the nearby burning building, checking the tracks for damage and testing them for safety.
He said the tracks had appeared to be on fire at the time of the riots, but in fact it was the road sealing that was burning. This burning “did not cause the damage we feared”, he said.
Mayor of London Boris Johnson said the swift repair of the tram line was symbolic. “London Tramlink is the life force which keeps Croydon’s economy healthy and as such it is a symbol of this town’s refusal to be cowed by the actions of mindless thugs,” he said.
Transport for London will offer a free service across the Tramlink network next weekend to encourage stimulation of Croydon’s local economy.