London Mayor Boris Johnson tells City Hall there is 'reasonable business case' for extending tram route to Sutton

London Mayor Boris Johnson with Steve O'Connell

Caroline Pidgeon (left) with other Liberal Democrat GLA members

First published in News Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Politicians have called on London Mayor Boris Johnson to improve links to central London with both tram and rail links.

Mr Johnson faced questions from Greater London Authority Members Steve O'Connell and Caroline Pidgeon who asked the Mayor to improve Sutton's public transport links to the centre of London during Mayor's Question Time at City Hall yesterday.

Mrs Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group, highlighted the benefits extending the Tramlink to Sutton would bring to the borough.

Mr O'Connell pressed for the Crossrail 2 scheme to stop at Worcester Park and then for that to be linked to Sutton via an extended Tramlink.

Mr Johnson said Sutton does have a "reasonable business case" to bring the tram to town and backed plans to link it with Crossrail 2.

Sutton is one of a number of areas bidding to Transport for London, which is headed up by the Mayor, to get an extension to the Tramlink.

Your Local Guardian:

How Boris Johnson welcoming the tram to Sutton might look

Boroughs have to prove they have a good business case for Tramlink, which operates in Croydon and Merton, to be extended and show businesses are willing to invest to make it a success.

Crossrail 2 is an extension to Crossrail which would send it further into both north and south London. In South London the proposed route goes through Worcester Park but there are no firm plans for it to stop there.

In response to Mrs Pidgeon's questions about Tramlink, Mr Johnson said his staff were already working on plans for a Tramlink extension but could not say when a decision would be made on which of the five boroughs bidding for an extension will get it.

After Mayor's Question Time, Mrs Pidgeon said: "There is a very strong case for extending the tram to Sutton. It would bring huge economic benefits, including thousands of new jobs to the borough. 

"Instead of just warm words the Mayor must now make a decision once and for all."

Your Local Guardian: The proposed route was put forward by Sutton Council at a public meeting on Thursday.

The planned route a tram in Sutton could take

Mr O'Connell pointed out Sutton is one of the only boroughs with no tube, London Overground, Tramlink or Crossrail connections and called on Mr Johnson to include it in his future plans.

Speaking after the session, Mr O'Connell said: "Crossrail 2 is a fantastic project and will be of great benefit to South West Londoners and to Sutton residents in reducing journey times to Central London as well as improving connectivity to the Northern Line.

"Boris Johnson backed my suggestion that Crossrail 2 and the Tramlink should extend and be linked at Worcester Park giving even greater connectivity for Sutton and South London.

"I also pushed the Mayor to continue his work of extending the Tramlink to Sutton and Crystal Palace in light of the new financial settlement for Transport for London.

"The Mayor went even further by suggesting that Sutton might be included in London Overground or even Underground plans in the near future."

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4:19pm Thu 18 Jul 13

Marie from Sutton says...

Had a glimpse of Boris on Sutton High Street recently; he does look very determined.
I, for one, totally support the tram in Sutton which, I am sure, will bring more wealth and jobs.
Any chance of the tram stopping by the cemetery ? Friends are awaiting.
I hear it is the place to be to get a council flat.
Had a glimpse of Boris on Sutton High Street recently; he does look very determined. I, for one, totally support the tram in Sutton which, I am sure, will bring more wealth and jobs. Any chance of the tram stopping by the cemetery ? Friends are awaiting. I hear it is the place to be to get a council flat. Marie from Sutton
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6:16pm Thu 18 Jul 13

ResidentTony says...

Sounds pretty promising - the borough has a very strong case, but it will have to make the case strongly as well.

We are pushing at an open door, but we need to keep enthusiastically pushing. Boris is keen to support Sutton it seems, but he and his team won't be a pushover without strong written evidence to back up our case.

I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it!
Sounds pretty promising - the borough has a very strong case, but it will have to make the case strongly as well. We are pushing at an open door, but we need to keep enthusiastically pushing. Boris is keen to support Sutton it seems, but he and his team won't be a pushover without strong written evidence to back up our case. I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it! ResidentTony
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9:25pm Thu 18 Jul 13

LiberalsOut says...

ResidentTony wrote:
Sounds pretty promising - the borough has a very strong case, but it will have to make the case strongly as well.

We are pushing at an open door, but we need to keep enthusiastically pushing. Boris is keen to support Sutton it seems, but he and his team won't be a pushover without strong written evidence to back up our case.

I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it!
I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it!

Good luck with that one then !!!!
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: Sounds pretty promising - the borough has a very strong case, but it will have to make the case strongly as well. We are pushing at an open door, but we need to keep enthusiastically pushing. Boris is keen to support Sutton it seems, but he and his team won't be a pushover without strong written evidence to back up our case. I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it![/p][/quote]I hope the borough's powers-that-be have their best brains on it! Good luck with that one then !!!! LiberalsOut
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11:03am Sat 20 Jul 13

christhegoth says...

He said that about Crystal Palace and then cancelled it. And then promised us it again just before the last election, only to cancel it just after the last election ( once you lemons had voted for him ).

You just can't trust this man.
He said that about Crystal Palace and then cancelled it. And then promised us it again just before the last election, only to cancel it just after the last election ( once you lemons had voted for him ). You just can't trust this man. christhegoth
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11:52am Sat 20 Jul 13

mr_jrt says...

Send the tram to Sutton as shown, then take over the Epsom Downs branch, extend on road across to the Tattenham Corner branch, then take that over up to the Brighton mainline, then run up to East Croydon on the road.

Job done! :)

Removes two poorly-used branches whose capacity on the routes north of Sutton and Purley can then be used for enhanced services elsewhere.
Send the tram to Sutton as shown, then take over the Epsom Downs branch, extend on road across to the Tattenham Corner branch, then take that over up to the Brighton mainline, then run up to East Croydon on the road. Job done! :) Removes two poorly-used branches whose capacity on the routes north of Sutton and Purley can then be used for enhanced services elsewhere. mr_jrt
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3:35pm Sat 20 Jul 13

tjames says...

i object to the cost--let private sector do it?

have you googled edinburgh tram project?
i object to the cost--let private sector do it? have you googled edinburgh tram project? tjames
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3:17pm Tue 23 Jul 13

ResidentTony says...

The above comment reminds me of the person who gets a really good (and well deserved) birthday present, but hands it back because they think the person giving the present spent too much on it!
The above comment reminds me of the person who gets a really good (and well deserved) birthday present, but hands it back because they think the person giving the present spent too much on it! ResidentTony
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