Category Archives: Wimbledon Chase
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.
The Tory London Assembly Member for Merton & Wandsworth has tabled a question for London Mayor Boris Johnson asking him:
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.
Welcome news that one of our original “six to fix” has been fixed!
The Messy Train Land Blog was pleased to receive the following press release from London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon yesterday afternoon:
After years of pressure from Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon, Network Rail has finally agreed to repaint parts of the railway bridge at Wimbledon Chase station in order to cover up the offensive and antisocial graffiti on the bridge.
Network Rail has said it may cut the direct link between south London, the City and central London, commonly known as the ‘Wimbledon loop’, after the Thameslink upgrade is completed in 2016.
As a result of the change, trains would terminate at Blackfriars, leaving thousands of commuters without a direct link to several London stations and other busy train stations throughout the south east. (the Thameslink programme’s FAQs can be seen here.)
Another (disappointing) response from Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport.
Since March, the Messy Train Land team have been contacting Network Rail about problem areas around the railway bridge at the end of Merton Hall Road, and along the Raynes Park Railway Embankment. It’s proving difficult to get a response from their community relations team . . .
In other news, London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon’s office have confirmed that they’ve contacted the Department for Transport and Network Rail about the state of the bridge at Wimbledon Chase.