Category Archives: Network Rail
Following on from the announcement that the railway bridge at Wimbledon Chase will be repainted, a spokesperson for Network Rail confirmed to us:
I have been advised that this bridge will be painted as agreed by the council. To my knowledge this is due to be painted pink – please do not be alarmed as I have been informed that it will not be an eye sore and that it is a nice colour!
Let us know what you think!
UPDATE: On Tues 4 June, after asking further questions about this, we received the following message from Network Rail:
I appreciate [residents’] concerns however we are running out of time and discussing colours would only prolong this which I hope you understand. I have been advised that the bridge will be painted it’s original colour which I believe is reddish as this has faded. We have been working closely with the council to agree this.
The nature of these works is a significant amount of money as such hope the residents are aware of this.
So maybe not so pink after all.
Network Rail recently confirmed to Dundonald Liberal Democrats that
Repainting of Wimbledon Chase – I am pleased to confirm that painting of this bridge is due to take place this financial year (2013/2014), unfortunately I am unable to provide a confirmed date at this stage.
We’re really pleased – especially given our 2 year campaign to get them to paint out the worst aspects of the graffiti on the bridge that was eventually successful in 2011. That’s obviously set the ball rolling on getting them to sort out the whole bridge.
There should be a straightforward way for members of the public to report these kind of problems and then timely action from those who’re responsible. You shouldn’t need to be a transport expert, or oddly persistent, to get rubbish and graffiti removed near where you live, just because it happens to be on railway land or structures.
Update – here is a potted history of the 2 year campaign to get the graffiti painted out.
According to the notes from the September Raynes Park community fourm,
[Network Rail] has agreed to clear more than 200 tonnes of material from the embankment in October. They will also be painting the railings. There will be a programme to lengthen the platforms in 2013 starting with platforms 1 and 4 in January lasting 4 weeks and then 2 and 3 in July.
Which is good news. However, despite promising some form of response to our complaints raised in March about the state of other bits of Network Rail-owned land in Merton, there still hasn’t been any sort of reply.
A a contemporary sculpture of a Stag, made from steel, has been unveiled today outside Wimbledon Station.
The Stag, at its highest point, will stand approximately 3 metres high and 3 metres in length.
The design was produced by local artist, Isabelle Southwood.
The sculpture was commissioned by Merton Council, Transport for London, South West Trains and Network Rail
What do people think? Commentary on the Council’s Facebook page hasn’t all been positive.