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South London comes first for a change!
Member Name: iMarques
Advantages: Clean and efficent
Disadvantages: Useless placing of stations
Despite living in Croydon, I rarely use the tram as it doesn't serve my area. Although occasionaly I do get the chance to travel via tram. On these journeys from Croydon to Wimbledon I am usually frustrated by the tram because of the confusing rules when using the Oyster card. Do you touch in on the platform at the destination aswell as at the gates or what?
Otherwise the tram is usually quite pleasant, clean and efficent it gets you where you want whenever you want with frequent services to Wimbledon, Elmers End, Beckenham and New Addington. The Croydon Loop often has a number of trams in a traffic jam because the sure volume of them.
Yet, the tram isn't all that great. Apart from in the central part (Croydon), most stations are situated in residental or industrial areas, meaning there quite far away from town centres or places people really want to go. Stops such as Harrington Road or Arena sum this up - little need and limited footfall appeal. Therefore the service isn't all that useful unless you live at the end destinations and are travelling into Croydon or Purley Way.
Summary: The lack of underground services south of the river mean the tram has become very useful