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Rediscover Mitcham

Artist's impression of Fair Green

Rediscover Mitcham is a multi-million pound project over 3 years to create an attractive town centre to be proud of.

The project comprises a number of public realm and transport proposals aimed at revitalising the Fair Green and surrounding streets. You can find more information about the project by visiting the pages linked below:

Frequently asked questions

Latest news

For the latest news see below and check the News Room.

November 2017 update

Construction progress is on schedule at the remaining Phase 5 section of the project Western Rd/Holborn Way/Raleigh Gardens/Upper Green West. The majority of the work will be completed before Christmas. Just minor works and snagging will resume in January 2017, with an aim for full completion by the end of that month. 

Some critical works with road closures and diversions will take place before Christmas. These include the following: 

27 Nov 2017 – Between 9pm and 4am – Closure to the Fair Green perimeter road, Upper Green and East. This is necessary for reversing the traffic flow.

4 – 8 Dec 2017 – Between 9pm and 4am – Multiple road closures with traffic diversions at the junction with Western Rd/Holborn Way/Raleigh Gardens/Upper Green West – Required for the carriageway resurfacing.

The new bus street and perimeter road will shortly be legally restricted to a 20 mph speed limit. Signage will be in place to advise drivers of this limit, which will be actively enforced by the Met Police.

August 2017 update

Rediscover Mitcham

We are pleased to announce that TfL and London Buses have agreed to commence the operation of buses through the new London Rd bus street starting on Saturday 26 August 2017. Details of the changes will be displayed within the affected bus stops, with public information also available on TfL’s website.

Only local buses and cycles will be permitted to use the new bus street and its dedicated access route at any time. Unauthorised vehicles i.e. non-emergency or non-essential service vehicles will be subject to fines.

Construction work on Phase 5 at the signalised junction with Holborn Way and Western Road/Raleigh Gardens is now underway as the last phase of construction until Dec 2017, with minor touches and full completion to be carried out in Jan 2018.

Once this junction is completed, all the new signalised junctions in the area will be linked, allowing traffic movements in the town centre to be optimised.

July 2017 update

Carriageway re-surfacing of Phases 2 & 4, which includes parts of Holborn Way, London Road and St Marks Avenue, will be carried out between 24 to 27 July 2017. See letter to residents and businesses.

The work will be carried out in the evenings and early mornings, between the hours of 9pm and 4am. Temporary road closures and traffic diversions including re-routing of local buses will be in operation. The ‘Notice of Proposal’ detailing the temporary road closures and diversions have been advertised.

The gas main replacement by Southern Gas Networks currently taking place in London Road, is scheduled for completion on 22 July 2017. We understand and accept the residents’ and business’s frustration with the works, which unfortunately is out of Merton’s control. However SGN are making every effort to complete the job as urgently and efficiently as possible. Phase 5 works at the junction with Holborn Way and Western Road/Raleigh Gardens starts at the end of the July. This will include the placing of all existing traffic signals into temporary blocks to accommodate clearance of the islands and to make way for the new kerbs and pavements. See earlier updates with the relevant plans.

May 2017 Update.

Resurfacing of Phase 3, between the junction with Upper Green West and East / London Rd / Raleigh Gardens was successfully completed in April adding a major improvement to the area.

Work at the junction with Holborn Way / St Marks Rd, Phase 4, is ahead of schedule with the new traffic signals to be switched on next week.

The remaining sections of this phase along both sides of Holborn Way up to the junction with Western Road will be under construction in multiple stages until July 2017.

The new bus street through the green, Phase 2, is almost complete. This new road will be closed to buses until they are all re-routed in August 2017. The exact time / date will be confirmed 6-8 weeks before the intended opening, only once all the bus tests have been carried out.

March 2017 Update

Work has started at the junction with Holborn Way / St Marks Rd, Phase 4, with construction of the new pedestrian and traffic islands. These new traffic lights are expected to be installed and commissioned by June 2017.

Phase 3, junction with Upper Green West and East / London Rd is nearing completion and the final stage of re-surfacing the carriageway will be taking place in 4 stages, between 3 and 13 April 2017.

See letter to residents and businesses using the following web link,

Letter to residents and business in the vicinity of the works

This work will be carried out in the evenings and early mornings, between 9pm and 4am. Temporary road closures and traffic diversions including re-routing local buses will be in operation.

The details of the temporary road closures and diversions have been advertised, see the following web link,

Notice of Intention

February 2017 Update

Construction has resumed in earnest with work concentrated at the junction with London Road and Upper Green West / East, designated as the construction Phase 3.

The new bus street and footways in London Road, between the Kings Arms and St Marks Road, Phase 2, are almost complete with the majority of the barriers and fencing removed before Christmas last year as promised. The final layer of tarmac will be applied in this road in the summer closer to the planned opening of the route to buses and cyclist in September 2017. Excavation works have just started at the junction with Holborn Way and St Marks, Phase 4, with its essential completion in time for the opening of the new bus route.

Overall, we are pleased that we are running to schedule, despite some disruption and delay towards the end of January due to freezing temperatures not suitable for certain construction activities.

December 2016 update

The construction works in Mitcham are progressing well, with no major delays to the project expected at present. The collapsed sewer in Upper Green East did however cause some considerable traffic congestion until it was repaired and prevented us from completing our works at that corner.

We are pleased that the majority of the footways along the new bus street in London Road between Fair Green and Holborn Way has been cleared of barriers and fencing before Christmas as promised. An unfortunate leak to a water main occurred immediately after the new road got its first layer of tarmac, which delayed things a bit but has since been repaired by Thames Water.

The last day of work in the area will be on 23 December with workers returning on 3 January 2017. Merton would like to thank the Mitcham community for your support and patience and wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

November 2016 update

We are pleased to report that the construction progress on Phases 2 and 3 is on track despite alterations to the structural design of the new bus street due to some areas with problematic ground conditions.

According to the works programme, we hope to substantially complete Phase 2 (being the bus street through the green) before Christmas, with new footways installed and removal of the majority of the protective fencing along the shop frontages. Full completion of Phase 2, is expected in April 2017.

The bus street will only be in full use by buses and cyclists come September 2017 once the southern and northern junctions are completed, although it will be fully accessible to pedestrians as from April 2017. Full construction of Phase 3 (junction with London Rd and Upper Green West/East) is expected earlier in Feb 2017.

At the start of the project the route 200 bus service was terminated at Lower Green West before entering the town centre. However, due to public concern, this was altered and now continues through to St Marks Road, where it terminates. See the TfL link below.

Merton council would like to thank the Mitcham community for their ongoing support and patience.

July 2016 update

All TfL approvals have now been granted for the commencement of works for the remaining phases of the project.

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Housing has also resolved and agreed to proceed with the making of the relevant TMOs following the statutory advertisement in April 2016. See the following link to the report and decision sheet.

Rediscover Mitcham Statutory Consultation Report.pdf

Rediscover Mitcham Statutory Consultation Decision Sheet.pdf

Works therefore start on 25 July 2016 and will be carried out in separate phases until full completion expected by 31 Jan 2018.

These phases are shown on a plan, see following link

Phase 2 - 6 Construction Phases.pdf

The details of the constructions arrangements and who to contact once the works have started are provided on this letter, see following link, which will be posted to all properties in the vicinity of the works.

Rediscover Mitcham Phase 2 - 5 information letter to residents

In conjunction, TfL will also be engaging with the public and its bus users regarding the temporary arrangements to bus services both during construction and once the project is complete.

Their changes to the bus routes and stops can be seen on the TfL webpage, see following link

TfL Mitcham Bus Consultation

Merton council would like to thank the Mitcham community for their ongoing support and patience.

April 2016 update

A Statutory Notice of Intent for the relevant Traffic Management Orders pertaining to the operation of the ‘Rediscover Mitcham’ Project, has been placed in the local Newspaper and London Gazette, including notices erected on street in the Mitcham Town Centre area. To view an electronic copy of the Notice click the following link.

Any person desiring to comment on the proposed Orders of the proposed raised junction tables should send a statement in writing of their representations or objections and the grounds thereof, to the Environment and Regeneration Department at the Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden, Surrey, SM4 5DX, or alternatively by email to quoting reference ES/REDISCOVER MITCHAM, no later than 13 May 2016.

Statutory Notice of Intent

See the following link to view the General Arrangement plan of the proposals.

General Arrangement plan of the proposals

March 2016 update

Next phases – Main junctions and Bus Street

The final decision by TfL on whether or not to proceed with the remaining phases of the project, which includes significant changes to the surrounding junctions and the introduction of the Bus Street, will be made by their Surface Board towards the end of March 2016. If full approval is given without any changes to the design, works could be expected to start as soon as July 2016.

Majestic Way

Works are running smoothly with a noticeable change with pedestrian already using certain completed parts. Completion is anticipated in April.

Three Kings Pond

Maintenance, refurbishment and environmental improvements to improve the structural aspects, water quality and bio diversity of the pond and its surroundings will start on week commencing 14 March 2016 and will last approximately 10-12 weeks.

Letter to businesses and residents affected by the work, 24 February 2016

December 2015 update

The main work on the Fair Green is now complete, with the market stalls reintroduced in Nov in advance of the Clock Tower opening ceremony, which was a great success.

Full access for traffic including parking is now in place, with full enforcement of the various parking restrictions commencing on 14 Dec.

Before Christmas, the walled gardens around the clock will be landscaped with new plants and wild flower turf. The feature lighting set within the walls will also be started before then.

Completion of the remaining lighting and installation of the clock tower lanterns will be undertaken next year.

Majestic Way

Fair Green businesses and residents have since received a newsletter about the improvements to starting in the middle of January 2016.

Newsletter: A shared pedestrian and cyclist space for Majestic Way

During these works, which are expected to take 10-12 weeks to complete, access to all premises will be maintained at all times.

Merton Council and our contractors F M Conway Ltd apologise in advance for any inconvenience these works may cause and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum.

September 2015 update

Fair Green works

Work on the Fair Green is nearly complete and the new public spaces are really taking shape behind the hoarding and fencing. The new market area and Clock Tower garden walls (see attached picture) are now in place along with the newly constructed perimeter street. Unfortunately progress has been hampered by the heavy rain we had in August and the past weeks. This rain caused some deep holes to flood and cave in that had been dug for the new catenary lighting columns for lights that will hang over the new market square. The rain also prevented laying and grouting of paving slabs and electrical ducting.

The paved areas and new street on the Fair Green are due to be finished and opened to the public at the end of September 2015. The lighting and landscaping will be completed later in October.

Unfortunately the water feature has been revised due to the high cost of installing and ongoing maintenance which will be a challenge as the Council faces ongoing budget pressures. We are working with local community representatives to scope-out a potential public art project that could be installed in place of the water feature.

Your continued patience whilst the work takes place is very much appreciated.

The cafe on the green is now in new ownership and has been renamed Tag Elezz. New refurbishment inside and out have made a huge improvement to this already popular cafe. Gino’s restaurant on Upper Green East is also being refurbished and opening a cafe during the day. So please go and see for yourselves and support your local businesses!

Clock Tower reinstallationClock Tower

The newly renovated Clock Tower is now back in place and will be fully up and running in the next few days with a clock that tells the correct time and new push tap water fountains at the base. The picture shown is of the Clock Tower being reinstalled.

Majestic Way

Improvements to Majestic Way will begin in January 2016. A new shared use zone will be created with a cycle path through the middle along with new paving, lighting and trees. The cycle path forms part of an important link between Mitcham Eastfields and seeks to improve safety down the lane by providing clear pathways for both pedestrians and cyclists. Leaflets detailing the design will be delivered to residents and businesses in October and November 2015. This work could be started earlier but to avoid disruption to retailers over the important Christmas trading period it was decided New Year would be a better time to begin.

Next phases

Work to Three Kings Pond is planned with the aim of cleaning up the silt and improving the water quality, drainage, wildlife and biodiversity. New levels and planting within the pond will help to provide a better home for the existing wildlife and encourage more.

This work will take place in 2016.

The planned major improvements to the surrounding road junctions and the bus street on the former London Road are due to start in April 2016. We are awaiting approvals from TfL and then we will focus on ordering materials and the mobilisation of work-crews. Notifications and details of the works will be sent to residents and businesses in due course before construction begins

May 2015 update

Work on the Fair Green is continuing and real progress is now visible with the construction of the ‘perimeter street’ along Upper Green East and West. The street that is being built now is an interim design which does not have the bus street. The bus street will be built in approximately one year when all the approvals, currently in progress, have been received from Transport for London. This does mean that the paving across London Road will have to be taken up later along with grass on the Fair Green but this is preferable to leaving the site unfinished until the bus street is fully approved. It also means that more of the Fair Green can be accessed for longer until the new road goes in. Paving slabs that have to be taken up for the new bus street will be kept in store as spares so they are not wasted.

Work is start on the foundations for the high quality black granite walls. These walls will contain raised garden areas with trees around the new Clock Tower location on Upper Green East.

We recently published a traffic order for Upper Green East and West including details on parking, contra-flow cycling and loading:

Here is a programme of the Fair Green work:

Feb – July 2015 The perimeter street is being constructed first but will only be open to pedestrians once all the works are finished in Sept 2015.
May - August 2015 Work within the hoarding will start on the formal gardens and granite walls
June – August 2015 The new market area will be built
July - August 2015 The raised junction at Majestic Way/Upper Green East/London Road (outside Poundland) will be built
August 2015 Re-installation of refurbished Clock Tower
August - Sep 2015 Re-landscaping of the Fair Green and water feature

Work on the bus street is planned to begin in late 2016.

We would like to thank the residents and businesses for their patience with the town centre works

April 2015 Update

Progress with the perimeter street on Upper Green East is clear to see in Mitcham. Please help keep the town centre clean and tidy by putting litter in the bins provided and not leaving rubbish bags to leak and stain the new paving. Here is a timetable showing how the work will progress:

Feb – July 2015 The perimeter street is being constructed first but will only be open to pedestrians until all the works are finished in Sept 2015
.May - August 2015 Work within the hoarding will start on the formal gardens and granite walls
June – August 2015 The new market area will be built
July - August 2015 The raised junction at Majestic Way/Upper Green East/London Road (outside Poundland) will be built
August - Sep 2015 Re-landscaping of the Fair Green and water feature

Please note the new road will not be open until work has finished in Sept 2015 as it is needed for construction vehicles to access the site safely. Dates of the works detailed above can be subject to change.

Other work in Mitcham

The Duck Feet benches have been temporarily removed from Three Kings Pond in response to complaints from residents about them attracting anti-social behaviour, mainly street drinking and the associated late night noise. It is planned that the benches will be reinstalled around the pond individually to help prevent groups congregating and drinking alcohol.

Some businesses in the town centre have indicated the construction works are affecting trade so please do your best to support your local town centre and continue to visit Mitcham as usual.

We would like to thank the residents and businesses for their patience with the town centre works.

February 2015 update

Work has started on the Fair Green!

A lot has happened in Mitcham over the last couple of months with the main regeneration works on the Fair Green now fully underway. The large green hoarding was put up in January 2015 and now has been decorated with ‘Open for business as usual’ messages to support the town centre shops, market and Orange Cafe.

The parking consultation for the short term parking on the perimeter street was successful . There will now be parking bays with free parking for maximum of 30mins (Monday – Saturday 08:30 - 18:30 and Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm.) as well as a dedicated disabled bay, and loading bays for businesses and the market.

Keep an eye out in Mitcham to see the new perimeter street taking shape and activity within the hoarding by the three viewing holes.

The coming months will see the new landscaped gardens and market layout taking shape and the newly refurbished Clock Tower will be put into it’s new location in Summer 2015.

Merton Council thanks the residents for their patience with the town centre works.

Feature lighting will soon be switched on for the Fair Green Parade art deco style sign at the top of the building on the junction of London Road and Upper Green West. Keep an eye out for this stylish looking addition to Mitcham Town Centre!

December 2014 update

Exciting times for Mitcham

November 2014 update - Your new town centre

The preparation groundworks are going well and everything is in place for the major works to start on Fair Green in January 2015. You may have seen workmen out and about on the Fair Green already.

The clock tower has been carefully dismantled and taken to the workshop of specialist clock restorers Gillett & Johnston for refurbishment. The star shaped paving has also been removed and stored carefully to be relaid around the clock tower in its new location in summer 2015. Here’s an overview of further work to look out for before January 2015:

  • Some below ground cabling is being moved late November by the south entrance to Majestic Way.
  • The bus shelter by Skipper’s Fish & Chips is being moved a few metres in early December. This is to allow work vehicles to access the main site on the Fair Green.
  • An advertising panel, currently located by the market, is being removed from the Fair Green.

Whilst the work is going on in 2015 the market stalls will move, some to Majestic Way and some to the London Road outside the King’s Arms.

Fair Green Parking consultation

An informal consultation on parking proposals including 30minutes free parking on the planned perimeter street has been carried out. So far no major objections have been received and the proposals will now be taken forward to formal consultation starting on 5th December 2014. Thank you to all who responded.

Merton Council's Christmas lights switch-on comes from Mitcham this year:
Mitcham’s Frozen-fest
Fair Green 27 November 2014 3.30pm - 6.30pm

All the magic of Christmas will be coming to Mitcham this year in a festive extravaganza for all the family. Come and join the Mayor of Merton Councillor Agatha Akyigyina, as she switches on the borough lights on 27 November.  Santa and his team will also be there to celebrate start of the Christmas season.

There will be lots of fun to be had, including a free big-screen presentation of Disney’s blockbuster animation, Frozen, with sing-along lyrics to bring out the performer in you!  There will be arts and crafts as well as carol singing

Father Christmas will also be there in his grotto with real reindeer. There will also be a ‘KinoVan’ showing traditional films from time gone by. A KinoVan is a van kitted out to bring films to areas with no cinema.

You’ll be able to stock up early with a range of quality and good value stocking fillers from Mitcham’s Christmas market too. Christmas celebrations

Supporting works

You might have seen our recently added ’Lavender Parade’ which has been put up in the heart of the town centre. Lavender Parade

The work celebrates some of the trades and businesses that have been present in the area over the last 10 years. Why not go an take a look at it for yourself:

September 2014 update

Exciting times for Mitcham are ahead. We’re getting ready to start work on the town centre. There’s been a lot of necessary work in the preparation and soon you’ll be seeing a difference on the ground.

At the end of October our contractor will be preparing for the major works that are scheduled to start on the Fair Green in January 2015.

We’ll make sure we update this page with details on the programme of works so you know what is happening when. There may be, at times, temporary alternative routes to get into Mitcham town centre, but we’ll make sure these are sign posted and we'll update this page.

Fair Green planAlso In October, we’ll also be consulting with residents and businesses on proposed changes to parking on Upper Green East and Upper Green West.

We’ll be keeping this page up to date with the latest developments, so watch this space.

Here is a plan detailing the improvements to the Fair Green

October 2013:

Rediscover Mitcham awarded £45k from Heritage Lottery Fund for restoration of historical clock tower.

September 2013:

Rediscover Mitcham Report to Street Management Advisory Committee approved.

Plan of proposed changes

Summer 2013 consultation results

The results of the summer 2013 consultation are now in and a report has now been drafted for consideration by the Cabinet Member for Environment and Regeneration

The report can be found below

Mitcham Town Centre Regeneration Scheme (2) Report

The second Rediscover Mitcham Consultation 2013 is now closed, however you can find the attachments below if you wish to refer to them in the future.

Rediscover Mitcham Brochure

Rediscover Micham Survey

Mitcham clock

Bus service changes

Rediscover Mitcham involves some changes to bus services around the town centre and Transport for London will consult separately on these. However for your information we have summarised these changes in the diagram which you can see by clicking the link below:

Bus Service Diagram Rediscover Mitcham

Consultation 2012

Thanks to all of you who responded to our consultation in November and December 2012. We have now had the opportunity to formulate your priorities into a set of plans and proposals for Mitcham Town Centre. These plans and proposals are set out in the Rediscover Mitcham document below:

Contact us

Rediscover Mitcham
12th Floor
Civic Centre
London Road
Morden SM4 5DX

Telephone: 020 8545 3837 / 020 8545 4141

This page was last updated on Tuesday 2 May 2017

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