Work on the final phases of the council’s £6m ‘Rediscover Mitcham’ town centre regeneration project, which includes the new bus street on London Road, is due to start this summer. This follows the release of funding from Transport for London in line with the Mayor of London’s, London’s Great Outdoors programme.
The council’s scheme was launched in 2012 and aims to improve access and reinvigorate the town centre, making it a better place for people to visit and for residents to feel proud of.
So far the town centre has already seen works completed on the new market square including new lighting, new landscaping of the green, plants and new trees as well as the renovation of the historic clock tower. The current phase to re-pave Majestic Way and create a dedicated cycle route is ahead of schedule and work continues apace to de-silt Three Kings pond.
The next phases include alterations to road junctions to smooth out traffic flow, better pedestrian crossings and segregated cycle lanes. The scheme also includes re-opening part of London Road as a bus and cycle-only street to improve public transport access and increase footfall in the heart of the town centre.
Merton’s director of environment and regeneration, Chris Lee, said: “We welcome the decision from TfL to approve funding for the next phases of the scheme. Having a bus street in the heart of the town centre will increase footfall for the shops in the area, boosting their trade and improving the flow of traffic.
“With works due to start soon I look forward to the completion of the entire project by the end of 2017, making Mitcham an even greater place to live and visit.”