Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Eye Sore This And Sought A View

A new campaign has been set up to gain popular support to petition Network Rail to clean up and remove graffiti from the railway bridge in Worcester Park. 

Blog reader Nick who has set up a Facebook group to gather support for the cause writes:

"Worcester Park Rail Bridge has been covered in grafitti for probably more than a decade. It is a real eyesore when people enter the area and gives a very bad impression of Worcester Park. No other bridges in the area look as bad as our bridge and it really lets the area down.

We are trying to drum up support to get Network Rail (who are responsible for the bridge) to insist they do something about it. Please register your support by 'liking' or becoming a 'friend' of the site. When we have sufficient numbers we will approach Network Rail and demand (ask nicely!) for them to clean up the bridge and particularly to remove all the grafitti. So far it has been very difficult to get them to take action."

21 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

Lady Muck said...

Perhaps a clean up can include removing years of bird poop from the walkways and other surfaces.

Why isn't the underside of the bridge boarded up so the winged vermin, sorry I mean pigeons, cannot roost there. It's a disgusting health hazard.

Anonymous said...

Whilst I am sympathetic to your concerns, I am very envious that this is all you can worry about in this day and age. I truly wish that I had the time, energy and so few concerns that my cage is rattled by a few scrawls on a bridge and a bit of pigeon poo!

Stig said...

Anonymous - Do you not care about the environment you live in? Yes there are far greater things going on in the wider world, but surely it starts at home. You want to live in a dump too?

Hats off to Nick (though not when under the bridge) for actually standing up for local issues that affect us.

I am not a Facebooker but will be echoing his comments directly to the council.

KT4 painter said...

Residents who have lived here a few years will recall that more than once, this bridge has been repainted, only for the local chavs and chavettes to promptly reapply their artwork.

It's pointless just repainting and leaving an attractive blank canvas, yet again, to be destroyed overnight.

This time, why not cover the newly applied paint with a clear, colourless varnish, which prevents spray paints adhering? Any residual graffiti can be hosed off in minutes - how much cheaper will that be for Network Rail and its customers?

Problem solved, permanently!

Nichu said...

Anon 7:24 - what do you worry about in this day and age then? How on earth do you have the time to comment on blogs like this when you're so busy?
I'm setting up a Facebook group to resolve poverty and achieve world peace. They're the most important issues surely. In fact, I'm going to give up doing anything that isn't anything to do with worrying about poverty and world peace. Oh, hang on.

Lord Cynic of Lindsay said...

Never mind the graffitti, get rid of the f***ing pigeons.

Anonymous said...

Lets get the bridge repainted and the birds removed permanently!

Also please can the residents of Worcester Park please pick up their rubbish! People on my road just dump cigarette buts and empty packets on the pavement!

BenjyP said...

Lets just electrify the bridge once its clean, also not all graffiti is bad, they regularly have good stuff down by the Hamptons. See previous pictures on the blog!

I was really sad the day they removed the "My mum is OK" graffiti from the top of Lavender Avenue. What about other classics such as "I love you Sexy Woman - Manhood" on the other train bridge in Old Malden

Richard Norris said...

The whole station, stars etc is all rather shabby, like the whole town. But I am afraid Worcester Park is slipping down into a chav town, by association with Sutton. At least Kingston side benefit from a better repuation. We should move the Sutton/Kingston bounadry to North Cheam, and even shabier affair. Then, Kingston can tidy up Worcester Park, and we can chuck all the riff raff out.

Conan the Librarian said...

I'd like to see a campaign for the 'SEXY WOMAN I LOVE YOU - MANHHOOD' graffiti to be reinstated.

Anonymous said...

It would be useful to have a footbridge across the railway bridge to access the otherside instead of darting through the traffic. Just a thought

Anonymous said...

Until someone with too much money and too little sense decides to invest in and present KT4 with a footbridge, it might be safer to wait for the existing traffic lights to turn to red and utilise the crossing, rather than darting through the traffic.

Anonymous said...

Well if they did build the footbridge as an extension from the one already there over the tracks maybe they'd be able to keep the lights green for longer and increase the traffic flow.

Anonymous said...

I think you may have overlooked the point that the only commuters who would use such a footbridge would be those who live in the same direction as it leads - plus the passing graffiti enthusiasts.

The rest of the commuters to and from Worcester Park Station will simply continue to utilise the existing traffic lights and crossings, making no difference to traffic flow ... unless we find we can't afford to run cars, after paying for a bridge that few of us need or use!

Anonymous said...

"few of us need" - you are generalising here. There are plenty of people communting via The Avenue. If you put a footbridge up no one will be able to see the graffiti!

Under your logic above are you suggesting the existing footbridge is a waste of time as commuters should just walk under the existing bridge?

I'm not sure how much an extension of the existing footbridge would cost but I can assure you the current one is not an extraordinary feat of engineering of which Brunel would have been proud.

Anonymous said...

Under your logic, wouldn't it be better to look beyond your footbridge suggestion and simply move both the existing railway line and the station, and relocate them to adjoin your property?

It would undoubtedly be hugely controversial and cost an unnecessary fortune, but then think of the people at your address who would benefit from the convenience.

And to save money, South West Trains need only run the trains that you want and they need only build a station large enough to accommodate your needs!

Anonymous said...

Why limit the petition to solely 'Facebook'. you won't get many responses that way.(5% of WP residents probably on it/have access if you are lucky)
why not set up a blog petition or a web site devoted to the 'eyesore'

DT said...

Let us see, to add a footbridge, it could probably be done by bolting it to the side of the existing bridge. But then Health and Safety would require that it was boxed in to prevent access to the railway line and people jumping into the road. It would need an approach on the Southern Side, which would have to be 'Disabled Friendly' (Disability Discrimination act) it would need permission from Sutton Council to go over their road. Erection and design costs probably about £200,000.

And by the time the access on the Southern side is provided it would probably be a much longer route and not used.

Anonymous said...

Why not get Network Rail to install a lift by Fiko's upto the Southbound platform.Its not rocket science.
There have been complaints for many years, over the difficulty of access for ,pushchairs.prams and Wheelchair users.This simple solution would open up a whole new world of travel to these neglected users!!!!

BelgraviaBoy said...

I fully agree with the suggestion of KT4 Painter, or an alternative would be to take preventative measures to keep the "yobs" off the bridge. Whilst the redecoration is being done, can Network Rail also extend the weldmesh to the underside of the bridge across the roadway to prevent the pigeons nesting under there and creating a disgusting mess on the roadway and any unfortunate car that has to stop under the bridge whilst traffic lights change

Mo Fo said...

Manhood I love you Woman?

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