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Merton Council backs the East London Line construction

Merton Council is hoping the construction of the East London Line will steam ahead. Construction work on the northern extension has already started and a number of extensions are proposed for the completed scheme, including a southern extension between Surrey Quays and Wimbledon, which will enhance its status as a regional gateway station.

The Council is a member of the East London Line Group, which brings together local authorities, businesses and regeneration agencies in north, east and south London, with a view to promoting the benefits of the rail scheme. Benefits of the extension for Merton include:

Making public transport from Merton better for orbital journeys and cross-river journeys to the east of the City and Docklands,
Improving the accessibility and attractiveness of Wimbledon for new developments, as good transport provision is increasingly seen as an essential ingredient in attracting larger developments,
Reducing journey times for numerous routes and creating practical alternatives to the car.

Councillor Russell Makin, Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Planning said: “I support the scheme and look forward to a start to construction on the extensions south of the river, which will hopefully begin in the near future. The southern extension to Wimbledon will allow residents to look forward to a period of regeneration in Merton stimulated by the new, extended line and reductions in journey times.”