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Wimbledon Chase railway bridge will be repainted … pink (or maybe, “reddish”) [updated]

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.

About time: Wimbledon Chase Railway bridge to be repainted

Wimbledon Chase bridge: worst grafitti cleared.

London Assembly Member Caroline Pidgeon & the Wimbledon team celebrate bridge success in 2011.

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.

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

Two bits of good news

Messy train land - south side of Merton Hall Road footbridge

Messy train land – south side of Merton Hall Road footbridge

The first is that after much lobbying, Network Rail have eventually replied to comments about messy train land made in March:

Sincere apologies that you have not received a suitable response . . . works to clear up [Network Rail land at] Merton Hall Road and Chaseside Avenue at Wimbledon Chase has been scheduled to take place in the next two weeks.

And on Tuesday, we have also received the following press release from Sutton Council:

Saving the Loop Line

Thameslink Loop Line campaigners moved a step closer to saving the vital service when they persuaded the Minister of State to demand a review of the plan to sever the line at Blackfriars. Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, joined MPs, including Tom Brake and Paul Burstow, and councillors from neighbouring boroughs to lobby Simon Burns, Minister of State for Transport, at a House of Commons meeting on Monday (26 Nov). Read the rest of this entry

Hundreds back petition against plans to terminate Thameslink trains at Blackfriars

The Wimbledon Guardian reports that hundreds of people have backed a petition against plans to terminate South London’s Thameslink trains at Blackfriars Station.

The Department for Transport is consulting on the new seven year Thameslink franchise, and Network Rail has recommended that trains serving Merton on the ‘Wimbledon Loop’ should terminate early. This would mean the borough will have to direct link to the City, St Pancras International and Luton Airport.

Liberal Democrats from across South London have been campaigning on this issue since last year, and submitted a petition to ministers on Thursday.

Nine Merton stations would be affected by these proposals to downgrade the service, St Helier, Morden South, South Merton, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon, Haydons Road, Tooting, Mitcham Junction and Mitcham Eastfields. You can sign the online petition against the proposals here.

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.

Wimbledon Chase Railway Bridge Success: Graffiti Cleared!

Caroline Pidgeon (centre) investigates the bridge back in 2009. The graffiti has now gone!

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.

End of the line for Thameslink ‘Wimbledon loop’?

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.)

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No help from minister on Wimbledon Chase bridge

Another (disappointing) response from Theresa Villiers, Minister of State for Transport.

Slow response from Network Rail to messy train land

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.