Mayor of London Boris Johnson is being urged to build on the success of the south London Tramlink by sanctioning an extension between Sutton and Wimbledon.
Successful Sutton, the town centre’s Business Improvement District and Sutton Chamber of Commerce have teamed up with their counterparts at Love Wimbledon and Merton Chamber of Commerce to outline the economic benefits of constructing the Sutton Tramlink extension.
Mr Johnson has been urged to include the Sutton to Wimbledon line, which is being backed by both Merton and Sutton Councils, in his 2020 vision document.
Ross Feeney, chief executive of Successful Sutton, and David Duncan, chairman of Sutton Chamber of Commerce, are signatories on the letter along with Helen Clark Bell, BID Manager at Love Wimbledon, and Diana Sterck, chief executive of Merton Chamber of Commerce.
In it they say: “Engineering studies have concluded the bringing the tram to Sutton is not only feasible, but is a straightforward programme that is deliverable.
“Extending the tram to Sutton will facilitate growth, unlock development opportunities and increase employment and economic output in Sutton, Wimbledon and across the Tramlink network.”
Successful Sutton chief executive, Ross Feeney, said “This is an unprecedented piece of public lobbying for Sutton, and the first time our four organisations have come together in this way. We have published the letter to help put pressure on the Mayor, and all the public sector organisations involved in the decision making process, to ensure they understand how keen we are for this investment to be signed-off.
“These days public infrastructure investments are often controversial and not always welcomed by the local resident and business populations. This is not the case with extending the tram to Sutton. The inevitable short term pain is necessary to ensure Sutton is well-placed to meet the demands of both businesses and local residents over the next 10-30 years”.
Under the proposals being backed by politicians and business leaders, trams would start on the existing route from Wimbledon to Dundonald Road and Merton Park before diverting at the existing Morden Road stop.
The route would then travel south alongside Morden Hall Park before following St Helier Avenue to Rosehill, St Helier, Angel Hill and Sutton town centre.
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