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In this assignment I will be looking at the following hypothesis, 'Tramlink has improved the quality of life for most groups of people in the local area.'

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Introduction

In this assignment I will be looking at the following hypothesis, 'Tramlink has improved the quality of life for most groups of people in the local area.' In this study I will be looking at a variety of key questions associated with the Tramlink network. Travelling from Wimbledon station to New Addington, I will collect my information from the location in site and the general public using the tram. Croydon Tramlink opened in May 2000 and provides an important fully accessible, environmentally friendly transport link in South London. In its first year of operation 13.3 million passenger journeys were made in the 24 trams that run over the 28km of track. Trams serve the centre of Croydon and are divided into three lines to provide a service from Wimbledon to Elmers End, Croydon to Beckenham Junction and Croydon to New Addington. Croydon's trams are manufactured by Bombardier Transportation at their Vienna factory in Austria. Classified as CR-4000, they are based very closely on the proven K-4000 trams. Over 120 of these trams are in use in Cologne, Germany. These are 76% low floor at 400mm above rail height with entrances at 350mm. Croydon Tramlink is the first street-running tramway and light rail system in the Greater London conurbation in the modern era. ...read more.

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Taking a divert into the actual tramlink shop, I had a chance to pick up more information and user guides for the tramlink! Returning back to East Croydon tram stop I stayed on the tram all the way to New Addington completing me Neighbourhood Survey sheet at Lloyd Park. Arriving all the way at New Addington tram stop, my last stop for the day, I finally completed my questionnaire and my last Neighbourhood Analysis sheet. Returning home on the tramlink, I could just sit back and enjoy the ride! "How often do you use the tramlink?" A) Very Often B) Quite Often C) Rarely D) Never "The Tramlink is easy to us" "I prefer using the Tramlink to other forms of public transport" In Croydon, the different types of public transport available in the local area are; * Bus * Tube * Train * Tramlink The people whom most benefit from these different types of transport are the business men/ women as they can reach the centre of Croydon easier and more rapidly. The Tramlink has improved transport service provision as it has given an alternate source of transport thus allowing the other transport services to have fewer travellers so it is not over populated. South West London is well served by public transport and there are also many car users. Each type of transport has advantages and disadvantages. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the course of this study, I would say that the whole day's trip went well. There were no delays on trams and all of the Tramlink service was on time. The Tramlink was frequent travelling through off - peak times and peak times, although seating capacity was limited at peak times the trams were running quite frequently. This being approximately 10 minutes between each tram. The upkeep of the tram seemed to be of a high standard throughout the day with no litter on trams or platforms. If I did this study again I would much rather go at a busier time, as there would be a wider range of local people to ask the questionnaire to and more information about how the tram has helped them. The price of a tram ticket is not an expensive price to pay for the distance you can travel: Adult single - 90p Adult return - �1.80 Child single - 40p Child return - 80p 1) Leaflets from the Tramlink shop in East Croydon. 2) Interviewed members of the public at an out of town shopping area. 3) Interviewed the staff working at the Tramlink shop. 4) Internet resources. 5) School Worksheets. 6) Land use analyses. 7) Neighbour hood analyses. 8) Interviewed business users in a large shopping area. 9) Interviewed different ages of people from 15 - 83. 10) Local knowledge. New Addington ...read more.

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