The Anonymous Widower

Why The London Tramlink Should Be Extended To The Royal Marsden Hospital

One of my Google Alerts picked up this article in the Sutton Guardian entitled Bunker for breakthrough cancer therapy machine could fit 24 Routemaster buses.

It is about the creation of a concrete bunker at the Royal Marsden Hospital to house a cross between an MR Linac machin which is decribed like this here on the Institute for Cancer Research web site.

The MR Linac combines two technologies – an MRI scanner and a linear accelerator – to precisely locate tumours, tailor the shape of X-ray beams in real time, and accurately deliver doses of radiation even to moving tumours.

All this leads to more and more patients going to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton to get treatment.

As many will not be in the best of health and would not relish a stressful journey, surely now is the time to build extension A of the London Tramlink to Sutton and the Hospital. This map shows the current proposal.

St. Helier Tramlink

St. Helier Tramlink

The Royal Marsden Hospital is South of Sutton.

As Sutton is a Thameslink station, this Tramlink extension will give access to the Royal Marsden from a large area of London and the South East.

October 4, 2015 - Posted by | Health, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. Yes, it would be a good idea, although at Christie a lot of people travelling a long distance get either Ambulance Transport in the form of volunteer drivers who are paid for petrol expenses. They were often retired ambulance drivers, great guys, and they could take a friend or relative with the patient, which normal ambulance transport doesn’t do. There are also a lot of community transport schemes around – I had some 2nd year geography undergrads working on a directory of ones in the Christie catchment area so that transport could be arranged by the hospital for patients who needed it.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | October 4, 2015 | Reply

    • You don’t seem to hear much about Hospital Car Services in London. I wonder why!

      Patients with long term illnesses like my friend with liver cancer get Freedom Passes which give travel on everything except taxis. All buses take wheelchairs without the hassle you get outside the capital.

      Comment by AnonW | October 4, 2015 | Reply

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