More than 200 local residents attended a public meeting to discuss the proposed new mainline station at Eastfields, Mitcham, on Saturday 14 July. Network Rail and Merton Council, who jointly organised the meeting, both had representatives in attendance to answer questions about plans for the station and parking issues. Network Rail has now submitted their proposal to the council, which is being considered by planning officers. Residents will be formally contacted as part of the consultation process for the station.
The meeting was told that Network Rail has received internal approval to fund the construction of the station. Residents asked if funds were available for wider improvements. The council plans to approach Transport for London to seek funding for improvements to the linkages between the town centre and the station. The overall economic impact of the station should be very positive for businesses, residents and public services, such as schools.
Cabinet Member for Housing and Regeneration, Councillor Diane Neil Mills, said:
“I was delighted to see so many people showing an interest in this exciting new development for Mitcham. Subject to Network Rail securing planning approval for the development, we are hopeful that the new train station should open in December 2007, having been under consideration since the 1930s. It will offer the local community quick and regular access to London Victoria.”
“These plans are indicative of the council’s commitment to the regeneration of Mitcham town centre. I am delighted with the progress that has been achieved over the past 12 months and am grateful to both council officers and Network Rail for all their work on the project.”
A total of 60 names for the station have been submitted. Network Rail will take the final decision in consultation with local politicians in the autumn.
Network Rail is continuing discussions with train operators regarding the details of the service that will be offered.