Sutton has been successful in the Government’s Levelling Up Fund bid to secure investment to double the frequency of trains to Belmont.
The £14 million funding for Sutton is part of the Conservative Government’s Levelling Up programme to spark transformational change across the UK.
The investment will upgrade infrastructure at Belmont railway station to unlock extra capacity on the line and increase services.
Paul Scully, the Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam, and Elliot Colburn, the Member of Parliament for Carshalton and Wallington, have been campaigning to secure changes to Belmont station for a number of years.
The scheme proposes a siding turnback south of Belmont railways station to double the frequency of trains from 2 to 4 per hour, a more accessible station with improved routes for people walking and cycling, and wayfinding improvements.
Increasing services to Belmont will improve connectivity to the nearby London Cancer Hub - Europe’s leading oncology district.
These plans also future-proof Belmont in preparation for further development at the Sutton Hospital site, including a new specialist emergency care hospital as part of the Government’s £500 million health investment proposals for Sutton.
Paul Scully MP commented:
“Having supported the bid to the Levelling Up Fund for Belmont station to get a dual track upgrade, it’s fantastic to hear it has been successful.
“This investment will help connect commuters from Belmont and Sutton into London, as well as providing further links to the expanding London Cancer Hub and NHS sites nearby.
“Over £14 million is being invested by the Government to make this happen and I am grateful they have listened to our case to improve transport connectivity in Sutton.”
Elliot Colburn MP commented:
“I’m thrilled that the Government is investing to improve rail services in our borough.
“We have been banging the drum for this in Parliament, to Ministers, TfL and Sutton Council to garner support for this project for a long time.
“This is an important step to help further the development of Sutton’s NHS,”
To view more information on the Levelling Up Fund, an interactive map has been published here: https://levellingup.campaign.gov.uk/projects-near-me/