An award of £14.1 million to Sutton Council from the government's Levelling Up Fund will unlock the full potential of the London Cancer Hub and allow the number of trains running to the village of Belmont in South London to be doubled.
The London Cancer Hub is a world-leading life sciences campus that is being developed at Belmont in Surrey, and which will create 13,000 jobs and £1.2 billion each year for the UK economy.
Until now, Belmont has been poorly served by public transport and the money will enable its train services to be doubled to four trains an hour, and extra direct services from Belmont to London Victoria.
The award will also enable Belmont station to be improved with step-free access, better direction signs, and new walking and cycling routes to the London Cancer Hub.
To gain the enormous health and employment benefits from the London Cancer Hub, it is essential that it has better public transport. This is a major regeneration project that will bring unprecedented investment to Sutton, accelerate life-saving cancer research and innovation, and tackle inequalities in health nationwide.
With better public transport across the borough, the award will be a welcome boost for Sutton Council, and it residents and businesses.
A summary of the Council's successful Levelling Up Fund bid is available online at https://drive.google.com/file/d/19vFfDFGBDz0BWO5pHg0OOxhjdQE41OUB/view
Councillor Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said: “I'm delighted the government has awarded us Levelling Up Funding and backed our plan to make Sutton a more connected borough.
“I'd like to thank our partners, The Royal Marsden, Institute of Cancer Research, the Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Harris Academy Sutton who backed our cross-party bid from the start.
“It's a step in the right direction for Sutton residents, who for decades have received the least transport investment per person in London.
“Alongside celebrating this brilliant win, we'll continue to fight for Sutton's fair share of public transport investment, and I now repeat my call to the Mayor of London to contact me to discuss how he can help to make Sutton a better connected borough and close the transport gap between inner and outer London.”