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Signal glitch delays Croydon tram opening

SIGNALLING SOFTWARE problems have delayed the opening of the Croydon Tram again. It will now open fully by the end of May - seven months late.

Engineers on the £200M scheme had hoped to resolve glitches in signals phasing software in time to open the tram this week.

But during the current commissioning process, problems affecting the timing of road traffic signals have continued to dog the project.

The tram network will open in three phases. First will be the East Croydon to New Addington branch, which will open next month. But the more complex branches to Beckenham and Wimbledon will open later.

These sections contain longer stretches of single line with passing places which require more complex control mechanisms and timetabling.

The Beckenham branch will open two to three weeks after the New Addington section, with the Wimbledon branch opening about three weeks after that.

Tramtrack Croydon is investigating why a tram went through the buffers at New Addington last week. A spokesman for the company would not confirm the cause of the accident but said it was not due to a problem with the infrastructure. 'The tram hit the buffers at a faster rate than it should have, ' he added.

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