Merton Conservatives hail the latest progress on the Tramlink extension and urge local residents and businesses to make their views known before 17th August 2014.
Merton Conservatives have welcomed the launch of a consultation on extending Tramlink so that it connects Wimbledon directly to Sutton via Morden. This consultation follows many years of lobbying by Wimbledon’s MP Stephen Hammond together with Merton’s Conservative councillors and local Assembly Member, Richard Tracey. Now they are encouraging local residents and businesses to give their views on the proposed extension before the consultation deadline on Sunday 17 August 2014.
MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, said:
“I have consistently supported Tramlink and welcome the new proposals. The line extension from Wimbledon will be of great benefit to Wimbledon especially if it goes to St Helier hospital. It has been long talked about and now, under a Conservative led Government, it is likely to happen.”
Councillor Stephen Crowe, Conservative Transport spokesman said:
“This consultation is good news for Merton’s residents and businesses. Boris Johnson’s long standing commitment to Tramlink is really paying dividends. He has already increased capacity on the existing line by 50% and now there is the real prospect of extending the service to Sutton.
“Conservative councillors will of course be studying closely the alternative options proposed by Merton and Sutton councils. However, what is crucial is that the costs of the final route remain affordable and that any disruption to residents and local neighbourhoods is minimised. Improved access to St Helier hospital, particularly for those living in and around Morden, will also be an important consideration and we would urge residents to give their views on the scheme.”
Notes to editor
1) Residents can view the proposals and respond to the consultation at the following link: www.suttonmertontramlink.co.uk. There is also a drop in session at Merton civic centre on 31st July. The consultation closes on 17th August 2014.