Network Rail’s feeble excuse for inaction [updated]

Grafitti along the railway line on Kingston Road.

Grafitti along the railway line on Kingston Road.

In this week’s Wimbledon Guardian, local campaigner, Mary-Jane Jeanes, highlights a pretty feeble excuse by Network Rail not to clear grafitti on the railway bridge on Kingston Road.

“Dear Sir,

Many people have told me they are fed up with graffiti on Network Rail property in Wimbledon.  On Kingston Road,  Raynes Park there is one tag in particular (the word TUMOR) which might be offensive to cancer sufferers, their relatives and friends.  I first reported this graffiti in April and most recently in August.  Now, at last, I have a reply

‘Thank you for contacting Network Rail (….) The actual word says Tumor not Tumour. As it is not offensive we will arrange to have this removed but we require a possession (when trains are not running) to be able to do this which will take a while to obtain.’

I am sure that Wimbledon Guardian readers will agree that this is a pathetic excuse. The lack of a U does not prevent us recognising the word.  I have replied to Network Rail telling them so and I will continue to press Network Rail to remove this, and the rest of the graffiti which pollutes our neighbourhood.

Mary-Jane Jeanes
Merton Liberal Democrats”

Raynes Park bridge on Kingston Road with tags painted out.

Raynes Park bridge on Kingston Road with tags painted out.

UPDATE: on 17 September, after a number of phone calls asking them to, Network Rail re-painted the top part of the bridge and covered the graffiti tags.

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Posted on 13/09/2009, in Network Rail. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Anthony Fairclough

    Network Rail have confirmed that they will remove the tag “tumor” tomorrow (17th).

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