Sutton Council hands list of demands to TfL chiefs
Borough bosses have demanded the area's transport links be made fit for the 21st century after a summit meeting last week.
Sutton Council put extending the Tramlink service to Sutton at the top of a wish-list it gave Transport for London (TfL) executives at the talks last week.
It also continued to call for the side entrance of Sutton train station to be opened, lobbied for the proposed Crossrail 2 project to stop in Worcester Park, for the London Overground to be extended to include Sutton and for the X26 bus service to be made 24-hour.
The council wants Sutton's transport links to the rest of London to be improved to encourage visitors and businesses to come to the area as well as to improve the lives of the borough's commuters.
Extending the Tramlink to come to Sutton was put at the top of the council's list of demands. TfL is doing a feasibility study into extending the line to go from Wimbledon to Sutton town centre via Morden, Rose Hill and St Helier Hospital.
Councillor Jill Whitehead, chairwoman of Sutton’s environment and neighbourhoods committee, said: "The borough has many features that are very attractive to business, but good transport links are essential and that is why we are pressing TfL very hard, especially regarding the tram.
"Following on from our success with our Smarter Travel Sutton scheme of the past few years, the council is keen to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport such as buses, trains, walking and cycling.
Indeed the Mayor of London has recently announced that he is releasing significant amounts of funding for cycling schemes in London, where we hope to bid for both local projects and for the development of a cross border cycle route into neighbouring boroughs."
The council also asked for greater input over the traffic-heavy red routes winch run through the area, particularly in terms of environmental improvements.