An extension of the tram network to Sutton has been a priority of Sutton and Merton Councils for over 20 years and will go some way to addressing the lack of public transport infrastructure in this part of outer London. Since 2013, Sutton Council has been working with Merton, TfL and the GLA to deliver a tram extension to Sutton town centre, via Morden and latterly onwards to the London Cancer Hub (LCH) in Belmont.
In 2014, the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, supported by TfL, held a public consultation on a proposed extension of the London Trams network from Wimbledon to Sutton town centre. The results demonstrated strong backing for the proposed tram extension with 84 per cent of over 10,000 respondents supporting it.
Building on this, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has asked TfL to continue to explore opportunities for an extension of the London Trams network to Sutton. As part of this work we have also investigated a full range of alternatives that could bring similar benefits. As a result, both tram and Bus Rapid Transit are being considered for some routes.
As a result of the further work TfL are seeking your views on a wider range of options compared to the 2014 consultation so they can be sure they have identified the best option to meet the needs of the area. This will also give new residents and businesses who have moved to the area in the last four years an opportunity to provide their views.
About this consultation
TfL are at a stage where they would like to understand the public’s views about three potential routes. They are considering a tram or ‘bus rapid transit’ (BRT) and the project is now referred to as the Sutton Link.
The Sutton Link aims to create a reliable public transport route for people travelling between Sutton town centre and Merton. It would connect with other major transport services into London and across the region, including National Rail, London Underground, London Trams and bus services. It aims to make journeys by public transport quicker and more attractive, and reduce the need for trips by car.
Following this public consultation TfL will analyse all responses received and publish a report.
The responses received will help TfL determine the most appropriate route and type of transport. TfL will then develop more detailed designs taking account of any local needs, issues and opportunities. They will also publish a report responding to the key issues raised and to explain how they have taken into account your views in the development of the Sutton Link project.
Following the selection of a preferred route and confirmation that the Sutton Link will be progressed as a tram or BRT project, TfL expect to consult again in 2019, seeking views on the further design work. This will allow comments to be provided on the proposed designs before they are completed and submitted as part of any application for planning permission and other consents anticipated to be submitted in 2020. The planning consent process may vary depending on which option is chosen. But whichever process is used, local people will have the opportunity to participate in the process and present their views.
The earliest date that construction could start is in 2022 with services commencing not sooner than 2025.
Have your say
TfL would like to know what you think about their proposals.
Further details on the three route options, the tram and BRT can be found using the below link:
Please follow the above link to access the the online survey by Sunday 6 January 2019.
Alternatively, you can:
- email TfL at firstname.lastname@example.org
- or write to TfL at FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS using ‘Sutton Link’ as the subject
You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing email@example.com, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.
Please also contact TfL if you require copies of their consultation plans in Braille, large text or another language, using the contact information above.