Mayor of London in Merton to talk transport

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, visited Merton Council on Tuesday 17 July to discuss with local council leaders how to improve transport links in South London.

Councillor David Williams, Leader of Merton Council, chaired the meeting, which was attended by Councillor Samantha George, Deputy Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Knight, Deputy Leader of Richmond Council, Councillor Derek Osbourne, Leader of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Councillor Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, Councillor Mike Fisher, Leader of Croydon Council Councillor Edward Lister, Leader of Wandsworth Council and Bruce McDonald, Chief Executive of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and Chairman of the South London Partnership

Councillor Derek Osbourne delivered a presentation on what the priorities are for the south London transport infrastructure. Councillor Osbourne’s presentation set out south London councils’ case for transport investment and highlighted key priorities such as AirTrack and Tramlink extensions.

Councillor David Williams, who hosted the meeting, said:

“I would like to thank the Mayor of London for visiting Merton and listening to south London council leaders’ views on what can be done to improve transport. Each of the leaders explained to the Mayor what transport improvements they would like to see in their respective areas. I highlighted our wish to see the Tramlink extended in Merton and the extension of the Northern Line to St Helier.

“We all have a common goal and that is to make our part of London as accessible as possible. This is essential if we are to improve local enterprise, tourism and the overall quality of life. I believe that the Mayor of London has taken on board our views and the meeting will hopefully herald some much needed improvements to the local transport infrastructure in the near future.”