Pressure grows on Boris to bring tram to Sutton and Crossrail to Worcester Park

How Sutton could look if the tram was introduced

How Sutton could look if the tram was introduced

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

Boris Johnson is coming under pressure to make sure Sutton benefits from both trams and the planned Crossrail 2 railway.

Sutton's Greater London Assembly member Steve O'Connell has again pressed London mayor Mr Johnson to make sure Crossrail 2 stops at Worcester Park and the Tramlink is extended to the area.

Mr O'Connell has told Mr Johnson the two measures could create a triangular link that would significantly improve public transport in the area.

Crossrail 2 is a planned rail link between Alexandra Palace in north London and Epsom south of the capital. In the plans, which are at an early stage, the line will go through Worcester Park but not stop there. Crossrail 2 is due to open in 2029 but there are calls to have it opened earlier.

The Tramlink serves Croydon and parts of Merton and there are plans to extend it with Sutton among the areas working with Transport for London (TfL) to come up with a plan.

Sutton Council and Successful Sutton, the town's business improvement district, have said they would like the tram to go from Merton, through St Helier and Angel Hill and into Sutton town centre.

Mr O'Connell said: "I asked the mayor about it at mayor's question time this week because I wanted to find out his thoughts and ambitions about opening it early and whether we can get a stop at Worcester Park.

"Obviously, a stop at Worcester Park makes sense for lots of reasons, but then if we can triangulate that with a fast bus service linking it to the Tramlink then it will make a big difference to transport links in the area."

Mr O'Connell said Mr Johnson was supportive of the idea in theory when it was presented to him, although extending the tram to Sutton will be dependent on the council coming up with a business case and significant funding.

Mr O'Connell added: "Hopefully the council will work with me, Boris and TfL and we can make this a reality."

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5:55pm Fri 4 Jul 14

ResidentTony says...

We should do all we can to bring the tram network to Sutton.
We should do all we can to bring the tram network to Sutton. ResidentTony
  • Score: -5

2:07pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Michael Pantlin says...

No pressure from me for a Sutton tram; we have an excellent hoppa bus service running almost door to door which the tram cannot. Boris got it wrong on the incinerator and the water-cannon so it would not surprise me if he gave in to the unnecessary trams. However he did get it right in removing the ground spike deterrent against homeless people put in by London business property owners.
No pressure from me for a Sutton tram; we have an excellent hoppa bus service running almost door to door which the tram cannot. Boris got it wrong on the incinerator and the water-cannon so it would not surprise me if he gave in to the unnecessary trams. However he did get it right in removing the ground spike deterrent against homeless people put in by London business property owners. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: -7

2:09pm Sat 5 Jul 14

Michael Pantlin says...

ResidentTony wrote:
We should do all we can to bring the tram network to Sutton.
Why is that then? S1 already connects Croydon Tram to Sutton.
[quote][p][bold]ResidentTony[/bold] wrote: We should do all we can to bring the tram network to Sutton.[/p][/quote]Why is that then? S1 already connects Croydon Tram to Sutton. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 5

2:48pm Sat 5 Jul 14

CPN says...

To be honest, I cannot see the point of bringing the tram to Sutton either. We have excellent bus services already. And the tram takes up a lot of the road and disrupts the general flow of traffic.
To be honest, I cannot see the point of bringing the tram to Sutton either. We have excellent bus services already. And the tram takes up a lot of the road and disrupts the general flow of traffic. CPN
  • Score: 0

12:51pm Sun 6 Jul 14

labyrinth says...

About time. Of course, what should really happen is that the underground should be extended to Cheam, but we know that;s not going to happen. Why? Because we are constantly the poor relation - which borough was singled out by all the others, to receive their waste? Sutton. Name a suburb where it;s 20 minutes straight to Waterloo, and you don;t need to plan a train time, you just turn up because trains are every 10 mins or so? Surbiton, of course. And where do you need to plan your train time & then find that ONE OF ONLY TWO TRAINS PER HOUR is cancelled? Cheam, of course.

There are just as many hard-working wealth creators commuting from Cheam as from Surbiton, Wimbledon etc. This area needs urgent improvement in terms of transport.
About time. Of course, what should really happen is that the underground should be extended to Cheam, but we know that;s not going to happen. Why? Because we are constantly the poor relation - which borough was singled out by all the others, to receive their waste? Sutton. Name a suburb where it;s 20 minutes straight to Waterloo, and you don;t need to plan a train time, you just turn up because trains are every 10 mins or so? Surbiton, of course. And where do you need to plan your train time & then find that ONE OF ONLY TWO TRAINS PER HOUR is cancelled? Cheam, of course. There are just as many hard-working wealth creators commuting from Cheam as from Surbiton, Wimbledon etc. This area needs urgent improvement in terms of transport. labyrinth
  • Score: -2

6:54pm Sun 6 Jul 14

Jonny English says...

Don't want it and certainly don't need it. West Croydon to Sutton train service is efficient and reliable. Spend the money on St Helier and improved education.
Don't want it and certainly don't need it. West Croydon to Sutton train service is efficient and reliable. Spend the money on St Helier and improved education. Jonny English
  • Score: 3

9:14pm Tue 8 Jul 14

tonypattison says...

Tramlink in Sutton will vastly improve our borough, putting it firmly on the transport map. It already serves part of the borough and along the route between West Croydon and Wimbledon it has taken a staggering 15% car traffic off roads near the route, cutting pollution as well.
Tramlink in Sutton will vastly improve our borough, putting it firmly on the transport map. It already serves part of the borough and along the route between West Croydon and Wimbledon it has taken a staggering 15% car traffic off roads near the route, cutting pollution as well. tonypattison
  • Score: -1

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