As one of just six London boroughs without a Tube link, it can be more difficult for people in Sutton to get around the city.

That’s why people are getting excited about an extension to the tram network that would include Sutton.

The Sutton Link  has been on the cards for more than 20 years.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom Brake says he has been campaigning for it for a while during his time as an MP.

And now, finally, after years of talking about it, things seem to be moving in the right direction.

In the next few months, the results of a public consultation from TfL will be known on the preferred option.

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The first option is the Sutton to Wimbledon tram. The second two include “bus rapid transit”.

With option one, the existing Thameslink rail line between Sutton and Wimbledon would be converted into a tramline, passing through Morden.

This would involve changing the power supply and modifying platforms.

And Mr Brake thinks that trams are the only way to go.

He said: “Generally speaking, Sutton is at a disadvantage because we have no Tube stations and the train operating company [Southern] performs very badly.

“I think because of the lack of a Tube network and reliability of the train service, more people in Sutton use their cars to get around.

“Trams are the answer – they are very good at moving people short to medium distances.

“Car drivers will find trams much more attractive to switch to than buses, they are much more reliable.”

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Mr Brake also thinks that alternative transport is vital once the London Cancer Hub – a partnership between Sutton Council and the Institute of Cancer Research – is completed.

The multi-million pound cancer research centre will be built in Belmont, with the first phase expected to be complete by 2022.

About 7,000 permanent jobs would be created as well as 6,200 construction jobs, but the whole project will take 20 years to complete.

A second phase of the Sutton Link would see the hub get a tram link.

Mr Brake added that he has written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan to urge him to keep pushing on with the Sutton plans.

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He said: “Mayor Khan’s support and influence is essential for delivering Tramlink. He must not go cold on the tram as he has done before. Rather, I urge him to throw his weight and Transport for London’s expertise behind the scheme.”

If plans and funding for the Sutton Link are approved by TfL, work could get underway as soon as 2022 with the first trams up and running in 2025.

TfL has committed £70 million to the scheme, with another £30 million split between Merton and Sutton councils.