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London Mayor Sadiq Khan confirms tram link between Croydon and Sutton under threat, Croydon Advertiser 19th January

The Mayor of London has confirmed there will be no funding allocated for a planned tram extension linking Croydon to Sutton.

Sadiq Khan has reallocated £100 million that had been pledged to the scheme by former mayor Boris Johnson, to extend the Tramlink network into Sutton town centre.

This change was confirmed by Mr Khan at Mayor's Question Time on Wednesday (January 18).

It is now thought to be unlikely that the tram extension can go ahead as the necessary funding - an estimated £240 million in total - would be difficult to raise without the funding promised by Mr Johnson when he was mayor in March, 2016.

At the meeting Mr Khan said: "A further extension would need an additional £100m. There has been no specific budget allocated to this."

The proposed line would start at the existing Morden Road stop and go down to Sutton via Morden and St Helier Hospital.

But the whole scheme is now in serious doubt after Mayor Khan announced that the ring-fenced cash for the scheme is to be reallocated to a central fund.

Sutton is the only London borough to have no tube station, Crossrail station, London Overground station, or proposed Crossrail 2 station

Supporters of the extension believe an additional line would bring major economic benefits and help commuters across south London.Conservative GLA (Greater London Authority) member for Croydon and Sutton Steve O'Connell worked to secure funding for the ambitious scheme, and has expressed his frustration.

He asked the Mayor about the future of the tram extension.

Responding to Mr Khan's confirmation there would be no specific allocation, Mr O'Connel said: "With the Mayor's funding cut to the Sutton Tram, again the borough's transport future is in limbo.

"I fought tooth and nail to get this £100 million funding from the previous Mayor and with it gone Sutton will continue as TfL's worst serviced borough.

"When I directly questioned the Mayor on the future of the Sutton Tram he stated that it could possibly get a portion of the TfL Growth Fund, which is no commitment at all.

"With the £200 million Growth Fund the Tram would have to bid against many other projects across London, and as history has proven Sutton consistently loses out on Transport infrastructure."

The project was estimated to need £240 million in total, and £50 million of local funding had been secured.It was hoped that once the Sutton link was in place that the line could then be extended further, to the Royal Marsden Hospital.

The decision to reallocate the Sutton tram extension money comes after Mayor Khan promised a freeze on TfL fares, and a focus on green transport such as walking and cycling.

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