Sprucing up will take about a month and will start in the next couple of weeks
A long-running campaign to have the railway bridges at Earlsfield station spruced up has been given the green light by Network Rail.
Work is expected to start later this month on a scheme to give the two bridges over Garratt Lane a much-needed facelift.
Both are to be given a deep clean and then repainted in an attractive heritage-style railway green colour with new netting also installed to render them pigeon proof.
And at the Council’s request, both bridges will also have the name of the station featured prominently on them to recreate their original Victorian-era appearance.
Wandsworth Council says it has been pressing Network Rail to undertake this work for some time, arguing that refurbished and smarter looking bridges would help improve the street scene in this part of Earlsfield. The borough is providing £100,000 towards the overall cost of the scheme.
Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook says, “This is really welcome news. The council has been pressing for this work to be done for some time so we are delighted there is now light at the end of this particular tunnel.
“The cleaned and repainted bridges will make a great contribution to the appearance of the station and to this part of Garratt Lane, while the improved pigeon proofing will mean pedestrians and cyclists not having to run the gauntlet of being hit by something unpleasant from up above as they pass underneath..
“Work is expected to start later this month and should take about four weeks to complete so this is a reasonably big-scale project that will give the area a real boost.”
August 21, 2018