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Will the Sutton Link come to Mitcham?

Mitcham has benefited greatly from the opening of the tram in 2000 and there are plans afoot which could bring new transport links running through Benedict Wharf.

After years of concerted lobbying Transport for London is consulting on options for a tram or bus rapid transit route to Sutton town centre. One option would link to South Wimbledon and another to Colliers Wood.

We have welcome the potential of the Colliers Wood option.

This would run across the existing tram route at Belgrave Walk and through the car pound to join Church Road near to Mitcham parish church.

It is disappointing that the legitimacy of the consultation is undermined by failing to include details of where trams or buses will be stored and maintained. There is also a lack of detail over the precise route which will require some demolitions. We have asked Transport for London to consult again with more detail before a decision on the principle of any route is made.

The plans coincide with the emerging proposals for 500-800 homes on Benedict Wharf but neither consultation mentions the other.

We have also asked that the crossing of the existing tram avoid an intrusive over-bridge which would be visible from the Wandle Valley and Mitcham Cricket Green Conservation Areas.

There is also an opportunity to celebrate the route of the Surrey Iron Railway – the first public railway in the world – which would be followed by the Colliers Wood option.

Find out more about the “Sutton Link” proposals

Sutton Link MCGC&H comments


Mitcham tram stop crossing has finally reopened

We’re celebrating the re-opening of the Mitcham tram crossing after a year long campaign.

The crossing was closed as part of works to dual the tram line last year.  It was never re-opened despite being a designated public right of way and the route has been blocked by ugly steel barriers ever since.

London Tramlink has a policy of reducing the number of crossings along its route and was intent on closing this one despite replacing the steps.

Our campaign to keep the crossing open was backed by local councillors and Merton Council and the groundswell of opposition has changed London Tramlink’s mind.

We are delighted that this important route in the local path network has been restored.

Mitcham tram crossing reopened May 2013