Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [6]

Session date: 
September 17, 2014
Question By: 
Richard Tracey
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Mr Mayor, you will by now have received a joint letter about this very topic signed by the two Assembly Members, Steve O’Connell and me, by the MPs in Merton and in Sutton and indeed by the council leaders for both boroughs, very much promoting the cause of the Tramlink.  Of course, it is often referred to as the ‘Croydon Tramlink’ when it then runs to Wimbledon, which is in my constituency.  The importance of this project, which has received very great support from the public, is that it would allow massive regeneration of Morden, which of course would put up values of commercial properties.  Also, there is a very large mosque - possibly the largest in Europe - at Morden, which would be served also by this.

Can I implore you?  I believe that probably this is a much better project than others TfL has on the books.  What about that?

Answer

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [6]

Answer for Oral Update on the Mayor's Report (Supplementary) [6]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Really? 

Richard Tracey AM:  Yes.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  Do you think it is better than Crossrail 2?

Richard Tracey AM:  No, not better than Crossrail 2, but certainly in local terms it is of equal importance.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London):  I do not know about that.  OK.  I am not certain that is the case, Dick.  We will show you all our modelling and all our projections about the benefits of the tram versus Crossrail 2.  You should have a look at that. 

I will say what I have said this morning.  I do want to do it if we possibly can.  I do foresee problems.  However, your basic argument is a very good one.  The population of London is growing very fast.  There are huge opportunities to develop in south London.  If you put in good transport links, you will get those sorts of things going.  It requires a two-way conversation.