TfL drafts proposed route, but £425m is needed to complete scheme
The possibility of the Croydon tram network extending to link Sutton and Merton has come a step closer to reality.
Transport for London (TfL) this week announced that a tram link between Colliers Wood and Sutton is the preferred option.
If introduced, it would mean a journey of 21 minutes between Colliers Wood and Sutton compared to 37 minutes currently.
The proposed route is for the tram to go via Rosehill and includes an interchange with existing tram stop Belgrave Wood and the Northern Line at Colliers Wood.
But TfL still needs to find most of the £425 million needed to build the connection.
Sutton is one of just six London boroughs without a tube link and the Sutton Link has been on the cards for more than 20 years.
Between October 2018 and January 2019, nearly 6,000 people responded to a consultation with 80 supporting an tram option for the scheme.
And now (TfL) has published its responses to issues raised in last year’s consultation.
The report said: “While some of the funding to deliver the project is currently in place, other sources of funding need to be confirmed if the project is to move forward.
“We are continuing to work with the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton to explore options for obtaining the remaining funding needed.”
While TfL looks for the money for needed to complete the project, it will carry out a public consultation.
By Tara O'Connor, Local Democracy Reporter
February 17, 2020