Merton Council has been in talks with Network Rail about the possibility of building a new station at Eastfields in Mitcham.
The station’s future edged closer to reality at a meeting at the Civic Centre last week where Network Rail revealed their intention to submit a planning application, following a feasibility study which showed sufficient demand to support a mainline station.
The application will be subject to public consultation and will be determined on the basis of the same criteria which applies to all applications in Merton – considering what is best for the local community affected by the planning application. Residents will be invited to submit their views on the application in the normal manner.
Councillor Diane Neil Mills, Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration said: ‘The prospect of a station that will offer the local community quick access to London Victoria is extremely exciting and something that Merton Council fully supports. The approach to this project has been very much a partnership approach with Network Rail and has allowed progress to be fast-tracked.
‘This is a very exciting development for the Mitcham community and underpins the Council’s commitment to the regeneration of Mitcham Town Centre. I am delighted with the progress that has been achieved in a very short timescale and am grateful to both Council officers and Network Rail for their commitment to the project.”
NOTES TO EDITORS
The station would provide a 20-minute direct link to London Victoria, with at least two trains per hour, and is only 10 minutes’ walk from Mitcham Town Centre.
Network Rail is considering deployment of a new type of station, which would be constructed off-site.
If the planning application is successful, it is feasible that a station could be in place by the end of 2007.