Category Archives: Boris Johnson

Oyster card top-ups & season tickets withdrawn at Wimbledon Station

Wimbledon’s Liberal Democrats and London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon have been asking questions about South West Train’s decision to withdraw the availability of Oyster card top-ups and season tickets at Wimbledon Station ticket office.


Messy Train Land Blogger’s Review of 2012

2012 was a busy year for us hear at the Messy Train Land blog, we had some success and some setbacks – but we made a difference. Here are the highlights:

With the Mayoral elections fast approaching, January 2012 kicked off with a 5-point plan to make public transport more affordable. The plan included proposals for ‘One Hour Bus Tickets’ allowing passengers to “hop on and off as many times as necessary within an hour”, early bird rates, part time Travelcards and the reinstatement of the Zone 2-6 Travelcard. Travelling to work is a big expense for people.

Sadly Boris was re-elected, and so we’ve been lumbered with inflation-busting fair rises again this year. Read the rest of this entry

Tories: a bit too little, too late on Wimbledon Chase Railway Bridge

The Tory London Assembly Member for Merton & Wandsworth has tabled a question for London Mayor Boris Johnson asking him:

The Wimbledon Chase Station Bridge is covered in graffiti. Will you write to Network Rail calling for them to repaint it?

Perhaps Conservative Richard Tracey AM just wasn’t present when Lib Dem Caroline Pidgeon asked Boris the same question back in July 2010?

Boris wasn’t keen to help then, but perhaps Mr Tracey will have more luck.

However, the timing of Mr Tracey’s question is very peculiar given Network Rail’s announcement on 28 October that it would clean up the worst parts of the bridge. This announcement followed a two year campaign to get them to take action.

Perhaps it would be worth him flicking through the Wimbledon Guardian each week – they covered the story on 1 November.

Bus crime in Merton

Merton Liberal Democrats campaigning with Caroline Pidgeon for improved bus services.

Caroline Pidgeon & Merton Lib Dems want to improve bus services.

Crime on buses in Merton is on the increase, according to figures revealed by the London Assembly Liberal Democrats.

The most recent figures produced by Transport for London (TfL) shows that April 2010-March 2011, bus crime in the borough increased by 9%.

Local news site has the full story.

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Oyster Cards, overcharging & Wimbledon station recycling – March update

Train and tube passengers overcharged

Oyster card users in Merton were overcharged by £1.2million last year, according to new figures obtained by Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly.

Lib Dem London Assembly leader, Caroline Pidgeon said: “This level of overcharging is totally unacceptable. There is something very seriously wrong when each and every week of the year Londoners are ripped off by more than £1 million.” Read the rest of this entry

“Tripple-whammy hitting train users”

Iain Dysart, Lib Dem council leader in the Wimbledon Guardian, 24 Feb 2011

“During his 2008 Mayoral Campaign, Boris Johnson pledged to keep Tube ticket office opening hours as they were, pointing out they could be reduced or, in some cases, disappear if Ken Livingstone won a further term. Read the rest of this entry

Wimbledon Park ticket office

The Liberal Democrat team in Wimbledon Park are fighting to save the tube ticket office from closure. London’s Mayor has announced that the ticket office at Wimbledon Park Station is to have its opening hours slashed by a massive 26 hours a week.

Wimbledon Park resident Edward Doran said, “When elected, Boris Johnson promised local people that he would protect ticket offices. He must honour that pledge.”

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Lib Dems challenge Boris to support Wimbledon Chase bridge clean-up

London’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, was challenged to put pressure on Network Rail about the state of the bridge near Wimbledon Chase Station.

Lib Dem London Assembly member Caroline Pidgeon asked the Mayor:

Will you put pressure on Network Rail and the new Minister for Rail to improve the bridge as soon as possible?

Unfortunately Boris just pointed out that the bridge is the responsibility of Network Rail – which is rather missing the point!

Network Rail have previously said it would be too expensive to repaint the bridge, which is an eyesore because of grafitti.