A major project to overhaul the Sutton Station gateway - being co-ordinated by Sutton’s Liberal democrat council as part of a major £1.3m upgrade - has reached another stage.
The improvements, which are being done in partnership with Transport for London (TfL), Network Rail and Southern Railway, include changes to the station itself such as the installation of an electronic bus countdown, additional cycle facilities and a new side entrance to relieve congestion in the ticket hall area, which opened last October.
A range of improvements will make the area outside the station more attractive, accessible and safer by clearing street clutter, reducing bottlenecks caused by bus stops and revamping shop fronts. A new civic clock and a ‘Welcome to Sutton’ sign will be added as centrepieces in the coming months.
Work is well under way to relocate the bus stops around the station to reduce congestion on the narrow roads and pavements, while also opening up the ‘gateway’. Better quality bus shelters will make people more comfortable while they wait. There will be extra parking for local businesses and customers.
Meanwhile, contractors are working to put together plans for an ornamental clock, sign and welcome to Sutton display. New trees are also being planted around the town centre.
The team has carried out extensive consultation with residents, businesses and other stakeholders such as Sutton Vision, the local cycling lobby, taxi drivers and commuters. The project board also plans to meet Sutton Vision members on site to walk and talk them through the changes in layout.
Councillor Simon Wales, Liberal Democrat Chair of the Sutton Gateway Board, which is co-ordinating the project, said: “With the aim of truly showcasing the borough from the moment people step out from the station, the project will make the area more attractive, accessible and safe. We are creating an environment that is welcoming to commuters and breathes new life to the area.
“Just as importantly, the project will bring more people to the town centre, helping our existing businesses to thrive while encouraging new investment, such as the new Marks and Spencer opening by the station".