Bring tram to Sutton: Businesses in letter plea to London Mayor Boris Johnson
Business leaders in Sutton have written an open letter to London Mayor Boris Johnson urging him to extend the London Tramlink to Sutton.
The group, led by Successful Sutton chief executive Ross Feeney, also said businesses in the borough are committed to making sure they play a part in making sure the extension to the tram service could be a success.
Sutton is one of several areas vying to get Transport for London (TfL), headed by Mr Johnson, to extend Tramlink.
In Sutton, the proposal is for a branch starting from the Morden Road stop leading south alongside Morden Hall Park before following St Helier Avenue to Rosehill, St Helier, Angel Hill and Sutton town centre.
The proposed route
In order for TfL to make the plans a reality, Sutton Council and Successful Sutton must work together to show they can make the project a success.
To keep Mr Johnson up to speed with the work being done, Business improvement district Successful Sutton has written the open letter, signed by Mr Feeney as well as representatives from Sutton and Merton chambers of commerce and Successful Sutton's Wimbledon equivalent.
The letter says: "Engineering studies have concluded the bringing the tram to Sutton is not only feasible, but is a straightforward programme that is deliverable.
"Extending the tram to Sutton will facilitate growth, unlock development opportunities and increase employment and economic output in Sutton, Wimbledon and across the Tramlink network."
Mr Feeney said businesses in the area recognise the investment needed to bring the tram to Sutton would cause "short term pain" but said the long-term effects will be worth it.
He added: "This is an unprecedented piece of public lobbying for Sutton, and the first time our four organisations have come together in this way.
"We have published the letter to help put pressure on the Mayor, and all the public sector organisations involved in the decision making process, to ensure they understand how keen we are for this investment to be signed-off."
Mr Johnson has already said he supports a bid to bring Tramlink to Sutton but needs to see backing from Sutton Council and local businesses.
The full letter will appear in this Thursday's Sutton Guardian newspaper.
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