Local people and businesses continue to show strong support for the proposed extension of the Croydon Tramlink to Crystal Palace, a public consultation has shown.
It will make journeys to and from Croydon shorter and more convenient
A total of 1,520 responses were received by Transport for London (TfL) during the consultation, with more than twice as many positive comments as negative ones.
Not only did the two local boroughs, Croydon and Bromley, reaffirm their commitment to the project but TfL also received a petition supporting the extension from 75 businesses in Crystal Palace.
Positive comments about the extension included: "It will make journeys to and from Croydon shorter and more convenient" and "The sooner the better - long overdue."
Individuals and organisations were asked which out of three potential route options for the northern part of the extension they preferred, and what they thought about the extension in general.
The three route options were:
Option 2, which would run off-street along the existing railway line and through the edge of Crystal Palace Park, was the preferred option, with 67 per cent of people saying it was their first choice.
This compared to 18 per cent who supported Option 3, and 15 per cent who supported Option 1.
The main reasons people liked Option 2 was that it would have the least impact on traffic and also provide a good interchange with Crystal Palace railway station.
Option 3, which would run for a short distance along Anerley Road and then though Crystal Palace Park, was the second favourite choice.
Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said: "These consultation results show there is strong support for the proposed Tramlink extension to Crystal Palace.
The extension would deliver a high quality, regular tram service for local people helping to ease congestion and reduce pollution by providing an alternative to the car."
Luke Albanese, Project Director for TfL, said: "The responses we have had from local residents are very positive.
"People can see how the extension of Tramlink to Crystal Palace will make it easier to get to work, restaurants, shops and local facilities.
"The comments we received on the options will help inform the design of the extension."
TfL will be looking at which route is best overall, taking into account the cost of construction, passenger numbers, environmental impact and the views of residents and stakeholders from the consultation.
A route for the extension will be decided towards the end of 2007.
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