Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Judge has received assurance from Network Rail that Wimbledon Station and its surrounding trackside black spots will be cleared of graffiti in the lead up to the tennis championships.
In a letter to Network Rail, Councillor Judge called for a scheme to tackle trackside graffiti in the Wimbledon area, in particular before the Wimbledon Championships began.
Network Rail confirmed this week, that as a result of Merton Council requests, they are planning to undertake clearance work in the Wimbledon Station area before the international tennis tournament gets underway.
Network Rail will also be extending their wide range programme to reduce railway crime, using lineside security fencing, a prevention which has already come into affect in the Wimbledon and Raynes Park area.
The issue of graffiti in and around Wimbledon station was originally raised by FLAG, the successful police and council partnership project, which has been instrumental in tackling fly-tipping, litter-louting, abandoned cars and graffiti in Merton.
Leader of the Council said: ‘This is the one time in the year where the eyes of the world rest on Wimbledon, therefore it is essential Merton looks its best. However when the crowds have all gone, we still need assurance from Network Rail that they will continue to tackle this issue for the other 50 weeks of the year.
‘Residents at Wimbledon’s Area Forum specifically requested a Network Rail representative attend future meetings to work with the community in expanding the graffiti removal across the Wimbledon railtrack area. We hope Network Rail will continue to work with us and the local community to tackle this issue. The FLAG project has proved graffiti can be fought head on, but it needs continuous monitoring to have any long term affect.’
He concluded: ‘We will be pushing for Network Rail’s on-going commitment to keep the Wimbledon trackside area clean, so residents, businesses and train passengers can enjoy a graffiti free view all year round, not just every last week in June.’