The re-introduction of trams to the capital (except Croydon where they have never gone away) is one of those perennial London schemes which, like the redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street, rears its head every few years and then slowly crawls away to hibernate again. Now a private company called Tram Power has proposed building a ‘Supertram’ line from London Bridge to Denmark Hill and has submitted a planning application to Southwark council.
Could it work? The idea is to run the route from London Bridge through Elephant & Castle, Borough, and Camberwell before terminating at Denmark Hill. The cost is estimated at around £50m, which would be privately funded. Access would be via platforms in the middle of the road and you can see details of the stops here. So far so good, but questions over crowding on what is already a busy route, as well as how the scheme would integrate with the Oyster system have yet to be thrashed out. Then again, naysayers, many people said the Routemaster would never return… Rebecca Taylor