UK Power Networks has been awarded a two-year contract extension by London Trams to continue the inspection and maintenance of 13 trackside substations in the Croydon area.
Originally appointed three years ago, both organisations have been working collaboratively to continuously deliver a reliable and efficient service for customers across South London.
Philip Heathcote, Head of Markets at UK Power Networks Services, says, “We are delighted to be able to continue this very successful partnership with London Trams. The service we have provided has allowed us to continuously ensure the reliability of the tram service for passengers.”
London Trams has set out an ambitious 15-year plan, Tram 2030, highlighting key improvements which will be made to accommodate growing demand, improved reliability, as well as the regeneration of Croydon town centre.
The works undertaken by UK Power Networks will support this, through the maintenance of the energy infrastructure of electrical transformers, battery chargers, protection systems and emergency lighting. Ultimately, this will mean trams can become longer to accommodate more passengers, more frequent services into major interchanges like East Croydon and Wimbledon, and develop new connectivity as part of the longer-term plan for trams in South London.
Darren Singh, Infrastructure Manager at London Trams, says, “We continue to work in partnership with UK Power Network Services, who support our frontline team to deliver our core service.
“Our planned routine inspections keep the assets fit for passenger service, which is only achievable through the expertise provided by UK Power Network Services.
“When outages occur, the fault finding, knowledge and response by the team always provides assurance that these are dealt with promptly and in a safe manner. I look forward to building on our great working relationship over the contract extension period.”
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