Boris not so keen on cleaning Merton’s tram land?
The Mayor of London recently failed to offer any solutions whatsoever to the problems of grafitti on and around Wimbledon tramlink.
When questioned by the London Assembly about the action that Tramlink and TfL would take to clean up the area, Boris Johnson, said:
Not all the graffiti seen from the tram is on Tramlink property. For example the bridge (with a great deal of graffiti applied), just south of Wimbledon station, does not belong to Tramlink.
With his answer Boris highlights the problem that it’s hugely difficult to see who is responsible for what, when it comes to train and railway land, and its maintenance.
We’ve been pushing since 2009 to get the Mayor to set up a system whereby Londoners can report any problems – such as graffiti, litter and vandalism – that exist on any transport or railway land or structure. As Lib Dem London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon said:
“You shouldn’t have to be a transport expert to get rubbish and graffiti removed from your neighbourhood.”
Wimbledon’s Liberal Democrats have been lobbying Tramlink to clean up their land since 2007. They assure us that monthly litterpicks take place.