Croydon Tramlink lays plans for system

Croydon Tramlink will meet with the Royal Fine Art Commission to discuss street furniture design, following Government agreement to partially fund its ú154m tram network.

Croydon Tramlink will meet with the Royal Fine Art Commission to discuss street furniture design, following Government agreement to partially fund its ú154m tram network.

Industrial designers for street furniture and the trams have not yet been selected.

The decision will be up to a winning consortium, which will be selected from five contenders in September.

The RFAC acted as an advisory body for Sheffield’s tram system, which was designed by The Jenkins Group. It was approached by Croydon Council to advise on street furniture and how to incorporate trams into the townscape.

London Transport will make a presentation to the commission focusing on the design and positioning of street furniture, and the visual quality of its overhead poles, which can be seen outside the station.

“We may discuss further involvement for industrial designers,” confirms RFAC deputy secretary Richard Coleman.

Further discussions will not be necessary if the presentation offers plans for “good-looking financially competitive installations,” he adds.

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