Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has committed to exploring options for bringing the tram to Sutton in a major boost for The London Cancer Hub.
The extension of the Tramlink service from Wimbledon to Sutton forms a key part of the Mayor’s new strategy to improve transport in London over the next 25 years. It is also an important step in delivering the improved transport infrastructure required for The London Cancer Hub – which is one of the UK’s most exciting redevelopment projects, with the potential to create as many as 13,000 jobs. The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and the London Borough of Sutton have worked with Transport for London, local MPs, ministers and London Assembly members during the consultation period on the draft Transport Strategy, to build support for improvements needed to support The London Cancer Hub. The Mayor’s Transport Strategy, published in March 2018, states The Mayor’s commitment to: “Exploring opportunities, with the London Boroughs of Sutton and Merton, for an extension to Sutton and potentially beyond, including exploring innovative funding mechanisms.” The London Borough of Sutton and the ICR are now working with TfL to identify the final sources of funding for the project. This includes making a Transport for Works Act order, which involves consulting with the local community about potential routes for a tram to Sutton station. The ICR and the London Borough of Sutton are the lead partners in the exciting project to make The London Cancer Hub the world’s leading cancer-specific science campus. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is one of a series of senior politicians to have visited the ICR to view The London Cancer Hub site – with visits also from former Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the Minister for London Gavin Barwell, Lord Prior, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in his capacity as the minister responsible for life sciences, and Deputy Mayor for Transport Val Shawcross. Deputy Mayor for Business Rajesh Agrawal outlines the Mayor’s Office’s support for The London Cancer Hub in this film.
Securing infrastructure to match the vision
The proposed Sutton extension will be built on a north-south corridor from Sutton town centre, with a connection to the existing tram network and to the wider public transport network at the extension’s northern terminus. The ICR and The London Borough of Sutton are also working with TfL and Government ministers to secure support to ensure the tram is extended to the London Cancer Hub site at Belmont. We have hosted a meeting with Treasury officials to champion the project and gain their support in finding financial solutions to deliver this. As well as the core proposal for the extension of the tram service, proposals for public transport solutions including improvements to bus services and train services to Belmont station, as well as enhancements to pedestrian and cycling routes. Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted that thousands of Londoners have got involved and given us their feedback on the future of transport in London over the coming decades. “I’ve been clear that we need to be bold in how our city operates as London’s population grows, and this means not only investing record amounts in new infrastructure like extensions to the tube, rail and Crossrail 2, but working with boroughs and local communities to reduce our reliance on car use across London.” Professor Paul Workman, Chief Executive of the ICR, said: “The Mayor’s commitment to improving transport to Sutton is a welcome statement of support for The London Cancer Hub and a real milestone for our project. “Bringing the tram to Sutton is a valuable step in fulfilling our ambitious vision for The London Cancer Hub – of creating the world’s leading life-science cluster focused on cancer research, treatment, education and enterprise.”