Merton Council formally signed a licence and legal agreement with The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) today to formalise the queuing arrangements for the thousands of tennis fans who come to Wimbledon for the tennis championships in June and July.
Following two years of successfully piloting queuing and camping in Wimbledon Park, the council and the AELTC were keen to formalise the arrangement which will allow tennis fans to queue in the park during The Championships for the next five years.
Merton Council cabinet member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said: “Piloting these arrangements over the past two years means that we know this system works and provides a place to queue that is far safer than in the street, where traffic is heavier at the time of The Championships. We also know that, with everyone queuing in the park, we have cut down on unlicensed street trading in the area. The Wimbledon tennis championships are internationally renowned and we are proud that they are held in the borough. Working with the All England Club, we want to ensure that they continue to be the best in the world.”
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the All England Club said: “On-day ticket sales are an integral part of making Wimbledon tickets accessible and affordable to the widest possible audience and the Wimbledon queue has become a legendary part of The Championships. The decision to move the queue from the pavements to Wimbledon Park was made to provide better and safer conditions for the queuers and to help us manage the operation more efficiently. Merton Council has been instrumental in helping us to make the new arrangements work and we look forward to continuing with our joint efforts to improve the queue’s ambiance.”