– TfL Business Plan withdraws cash committed by Boris
– Puts future of transport project in doubt
The Mayor of London has withdrawn £100million of funding for the proposed Sutton Tram extension, dealing a devastating blow to commuters.
Publishing his business plan for TfL for the next five years, the Mayor said the cash would be reallocated but refused to concede the project was dead.
Instead the Mayor suggested money could be available through a central TfL Growth Fund, though the news has provided little comfort for Assembly Member Steve O’Connell who helped secure the funding earlier this year.
The Assembly Member for Croydon and Sutton said:
“This is devastating news for commuters and a disgraceful reversal of the commitment made by Boris less than 12 months ago.
“From having guaranteed funding we will now be forced to join the queue and compete with dozens of other projects across London. It is a slap in the face for the people of Croydon and Sutton.
“Sutton is the only London borough to have no tube station, no Crossrail station, no London Overground station, no proposed Crossrail 2 station, and now the Mayor has all but killed off hopes of a tram network.
“I will not be giving up the fight for this important infrastructure and I intend to pursue the Mayor on this and get a full explanation for this extremely disappointing decision.”