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Cross River Tram: consultation results published

The results of a public consultation on route options for the proposed Cross River Tram have been published by Transport for London.

The consultation – which began last November and included exhibitions on the South Bank and at the Elephant & Castle – sought the views of local residents and businesses on various options for the proposed 16.5km route.

The proposed Cross River Tram would link Euston and Waterloo with branches to Camden Town and King's Cross in the north, and Brixton and Peckham in the south.

More than 5,000 people and organisations contributed to the consultation carried out by IPSOS MORI.

One of the key questions for the SE1 section of the tram is whether the branches to Brixton and Peckham should divide at The Old Vic theatre or at the Elephant and Castle.

The consultation results show that 52 per cent of respondees prefer route option 1 (with the Brixton branch operating via Kennington Park Road) and 36 per cent backed the Kennington Road route (option 2). 11 per cent expressed no preference and one per cent gave both routes equal first choice.

When the responses are broken down by borough, 79 per cent of Southwark respondents favoured the option for an Elephant & Castle tram junction, with 57 per cent of Lambeth respondents backing the route via Lambeth North and Kennington Road.

The Kennington Road option had been endorsed by the London Assembly's transport committee.

The Kennington Association said that it had no preference for one option over another.

TfL says that a decision on the preferred route will follow a technical review and assessment of whether funding will be available.

The review and further feasibility work will look at potential passenger numbers, improvements in journey times, a review of depot and staged implementation options, traffic and environmental impacts and the views on route options expressed by the public and stakeholders.

"The Cross River Tram would provide a fast and reliable transport link from rapidly developing residential areas such as Elephant & Castle and King's Cross to around one million jobs in central London," says Ken Livingstone.

In July the Mayor revealed that he has asked officers to consider the feasibility of building the tram link in phases, starting with the sections south of the river.

• The full consultation report is available at www.tfl.gov.uk/crt

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