Councils call for views on tram extension proposals

Merton and Sutton Councils are calling on residents and businesses for their views on a proposed extension to Tramlink.

Transport for London (TfL), working together with the councils, has drawn up different possible routes which would connect Wimbledon to Sutton town centre, via Morden. The proposals are available online at www.suttonmertontramlink.co.uk. Residents and businesses should comment online or email their views to suttonmertontramlink@dialoguebydesign.co.uk by Sunday 17 August 2014. Paper copies are available from Merton Civic Centre.

Council and TfL experts will be on hand to answer any questions at a series of drop-in sessions held for people wishing to look at and talk through the proposals in more detail. The drop-in session in Merton will be Thursday 31 July 2014, 4.30pm-7.30pm at the Civic Centre in Morden. There will also be a presentation at the council’s Public Transport Liaison Committee, Tuesday 29 July at 7.15pm.

All the responses to the consultation will be considered and used to help inform decisions about how Tramlink could be extended in the future. Merton and Sutton Councils are working with a company called Dialogue by Design to run an independent consultation and report back on responses to the Tramlink proposals from residents and businesses across both boroughs. A full report will be submitted to TfL and published online in the autumn.

Merton Council cabinet member for environmental sustainability and regeneration Councillor Andrew Judge said: “An extension to Tramlink, connecting a significant area of the borough to the major transport hubs of Wimbledon and Sutton could provide quick, easy and clean public transport for many people. We want to hear from residents and businesses about what they think of the proposals. We will then ensure that residents’ views are shared with TfL and taken into account in deciding on where a Tramlink extension would go. Our preferred route would run mainly on-road between the existing Morden Road tram stop, along Morden Hall Road, St Helier Avenue, up to Rose Hill and on to Sutton town centre.”

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Drop-in sessions are as follows:

Merton Civic Centre, Morden  
Thursday 31 July 2014
4.30pm – 7.30pm

David Weir Leisure Centre, Carshalton
Saturday 2 August
10.00am – 1.00pm

Sutton Civic Centre
Wednesday 6 August
4.30pm – 7.30pm

Sutton Salvation Army Church and Community Centre
Thursday 7 August
10.00am – 1.00pm