Merton’s Economic Development Strategy and Local Plan recognises Wimbledon as the largest town centre in Merton, with almost half the borough’s jobs and a significant international reputation.
In 2015 Merton Council and Love Wimbledon Business Improvement District launched the Future Wimbledon Ideas Competition as part of Merton’s Inward Investment and Business Growth Strategy to secure and attract jobs and investment into Wimbledon.
Over 50 different proposals were submitted to the competition, from local community groups to international architects. The key ideas emerging from the competition have fed into this masterplan.
The ideas competition also recognised the opportunities from the significant infrastructure investment presented by Crossrail 2.
In 2016, Crossrail 2 consulted on route options including how the train lines, depot requirements and station could be accommodated in central Wimbledon.
No decisions have been made regarding Crossrail 2 or the choice of options assessed for Wimbledon Station.
Regardless of Crossrail 2, Wimbledon remains a growing town centre that requires a structured, managed, growth strategy.
At this stage, the Future Wimbledon Masterplan provides the guiding principles for comprehensive approach to the town centre up to the 2040s. While the vision is not wholly dependent on planned transport investment (including Crossrail 2) coming forward, the vision set out in this document can only be fully realised through improvements to Wimbledon station and the wider transport network.