An extension of the tram network to Sutton has been a priority of Sutton and Merton Councils for over 20 years and will go some way to addressing the lack of public transport infrastructure in this part of outer London. Since 2013, Sutton Council has been working with Merton, TfL and the GLA to deliver a tram extension to Sutton town centre, via Morden and latterly onwards to the London Cancer Hub (LCH) in Belmont.
In 2014, the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, supported by TfL, held a public consultation on a proposed extension of the London Trams network from Wimbledon to Sutton town centre. The results demonstrated strong backing for the proposed tram extension with 84 per cent of over 10,000 respondents supporting it.
Since then further consultations have taken place on 3 route options involving both tram and Bus Rapid Transit.
The Sutton Link aims to create a reliable public transport route for people travelling between Sutton town centre and Merton. It would connect with other major transport services into London and across the region, including National Rail, London Underground, London Trams and bus services. It aims to make journeys by public transport quicker and more attractive, and reduce the need for trips by car.
Next steps are to confirm the proposed route and whether the proposals will be progressed as a tram or BRT project, as well as seeking views on the further design work. This will allow comments to be provided on the proposed designs before they are completed and submitted as part of any application for planning permission and other consents anticipated to be submitted in 2020. The planning consent process may vary depending on which option is chosen. But whichever process is used, local people will have the opportunity to participate in the process and present their views.
The earliest date that construction could start is in 2022 with services commencing no sooner than 2025.