Idea is probably to get spare/refurbished trams from Europe rather than build any more of the current type, so we may get something like the kit used in Warsaw or Nuremberg, the manufacturers of which are on the Tramlink shortlist.
One interesting possibility is that we will get the trams originally destined for Edinburgh. Although the trams are built or nearly ready, a monumental cock-up by the company set up to run them has resulted in problems, delays, and a big legal dispute with the contractor building the tracks, such that the tram network itself won't be ready until at least 2014 and probably later, leaving the nice new tram units wasting away with no track to run on (there isn't even a depot to store them in yet!!!)
"Selling them on" to Croydon would seem a sensible move, IMO, provided TfL can get a decent knock-down deal and the trams themselves are suitable for the infrastructure in Croydon - the Edinburgh ones are 50% longer, so tight corners might be problematic, though they are split into multiple smaller articulated sections (a bit like the new Overground trains) rather than the single "bendy" in the middle of the Croydon trams.
Edited by phil solo, 24 March 2011 - 11:24 PM.