Caroline Pidgeon, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Transport Spokesperson and Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, is urging Network Rail to tackle the graffiti and extensive rubbish at Raynes Park and Wimbledon Chase train stations.
At the request of local Liberal Democrat activists Caroline visited the stations earlier this week to see at first hand the extensive problems of rubbish and litter on the embankment by Raynes Park station and also the graffiti on the two railway bridges.
Caroline has already reported these issues to Network Rail, but is also pressing the Mayor to consider creating a website or webpages to assist people reporting such environmental issues, when often it is not clear which body is responsible for a piece of land or a station.
“Network Rail shouldn’t allow litter and rubbish to build up at Raynes Park station, or indeed at any other station. I hope they quickly clear up the embankment as well as remove the graffiti on the railway bridges.
“However, there is a much wider issue that many people don’t know who is responsible for maintaining stations, railway bridges or land near to stations. Too often people see rubbish and graffiti at a station but simply don’t know who to contact to report the problem.
“In relation to problems that exist on pavements there is already an excellent website www.fixmystreet.com which enables people to easily report problems like broken paving slabs and flytipping to local councils. I really think a similar website should exist for any problems that exist on any railway land or structure. You shouldn’t have to be a transport expert to get rubbish and graffiti removed from your neighbourhood.”
The Wimbledon Guardian covers Caroline's campaigning here.