Cross River Tram

Cross River Tram (formerly Cross River Transit) was a Transport for London (TfL) proposal for a 10-mile (16 km) tram system in London. It was planned to run on a north–south route from Camden Town in the north, via King's Cross, to Peckham and Brixton in the south.

Cross River Tram
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River Thames and Waterloo Bridge, London-17Aug2009.jpg
Waterloo Bridge, the planned crossing point for the tram over the River Thames
OwnerTransport for London
LocaleCamden, Southwark & Lambeth, London, England
Transit typeTram
Operation will startAbandoned proposal
System length10 mi (16 km)
Track gaugeStandard gauge

The Cross River Tram scheme was proposed to relieve overcrowding on the London Underground and was due to begin operation by 2016. The project was cancelled by then mayor of London Boris Johnson in 2008 due to funding problems. A 2016 review of the CRT plan by subsequent mayor Sadiq Khan concluded that the CRT project would not be reopened at that time.[1]


The tram was planned to relieve overcrowding on the London Underground, and to improve transport in areas currently without good public transport, such as the Aylesbury Estate in Southwark, to support regeneration.

Trams would have run up to every 4 minutes on each branch, giving a 2-minute service through central London at peak times.

Despite following the same route, it was not envisaged that the Cross River Tram line would use the former Kingsway tramway subway.


On 18 July 2007, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone told the London Assembly[2] that he had asked TfL to consider splitting the implementation by building the southern section in advance of the northern section; it was not, however, clear where such a split would be. In May 2008, Livingstone's successor as mayor, Boris Johnson, announced that he intended to review the project in light of the lack of central government funding for the planned route.[3]

On 6 November 2008, Transport for London announced that the Cross River Tram would not be built. In a statement, it said: "Given the lack of funding available to implement the project and the likelihood of not securing additional third party funding, TfL is not in a position to develop the scheme any further."[4] The £1.3bn project was cancelled in 2008 as art of a move to save £2.4bn of transport-related funds. Official announcements from TfL in 2009 stated that the project was "on hold", and that TfL would be explore alternative schemes, including increased capacity on Underground lines.[5]

In June 2016, Caroline Russell, a Green Party member of the London Assembly, asked new mayor of London Sadiq Khan to review the business case for a tram service via Waterloo Bridge and Elephant & Castle.[6] Khan subsequently stated that he had no plans to revive the cancelled tram scheme, and expressed the view that improved Tube services and the extension of the London Overground through south London suburbs, along with the proposed re-opening of Camberwell railway station, would meet the transport needs along the corridor that would have been served by the Cross River Tram.[7]

Proposed routeEdit

Cross River Tram
Outline of Proposals
  Camden Town
  Mornington Crescent
King's Cross      
Tavistock Square
  Russell Square
  South Bank
  Lambeth North
St George's Circus
Imperial War Museum
Elephant & Castle    
Kennington Cross
Heygate Street
Thurlow Street
Wells Way
Burgess Park
Southampton Way
Chandler Way
Brixton Road
Brixton Pope's Rd
St Matthew's Rd

In late 2006 and early 2007 TfL consulted residents on their views of the following route options:

  • Camden Town to Waterloo

Camden TownMornington CrescentEuston stationTavistock SquareRussell SquareHolbornAldwychSouth BankWaterloo

  • Waterloo to Brixton

Waterloo – (either Lambeth North/Imperial War Museum/Kennington Cross or Elephant & Castle) – Oval – (either Stockwell or Brixton Road) – Brixton (either Pope's Road or Brixton St Matthew's Church)

  • Waterloo to Peckham

Waterloo – St George's Circus – Elephant & Castle – Heygate Street – Thurlow Street – (either Burgess Park/Chandler Way or Wells Way/Southampton Way) – Peckham

  • Euston to King's Cross

Euston – (either Crowndale Road or Somers Town) – King's Cross

On 11 September 2007, TfL published the results of their 2007 consultation:[8]

  • Euston to King's Cross – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Somers Town, except Somers Town's residents who preferred the Crowndale Road route
  • Euston to Camden Town – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Camden High Street
  • Waterloo to Oval – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Elephant & Castle
  • Oval to Brixton – most respondents preferred the route via Brixton Road
  • In Brixton town centre – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Effra Road
  • Waterloo to Peckham – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Burgess Park
  • In Peckham town centre – the majority of respondents preferred the route via Jocelyn Street and north of Peckham Library and Cerise Road as the terminus


  1. ^ [1] London SE1 Community Website – 29 May 2008
  2. ^ Webcast 18 July 2007[permanent dead link] Mayor of London
  3. ^ Cross River Tram under review says Boris Johnson London SE1 Community Website – 29 May 2008
  4. ^ Mayour outlines 10-year plan for massive transport expansion Transport for London 6 November 2008
  5. ^ "Projects and Schemes: Cross River Tram". Transport for London. 2009. Archived from the original on 14 October 2009. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ [2] London SE1 Community Website – 29 May 2008
  7. ^ "Cross River Tram: Sadiq Khan declines to revive scheme". London SE1. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ Transport for London. Public consultation on route options September 2007

External linksEdit

Official consultation documents
Local campaigns