Boris At Wimbledon Station

Mayor inspects improvement works

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Boris Johnson visited Wimbledon on Thursday (October 13) to inspect the improvement works carried out to the station forecourt.

The £2.5 million scheme has created a pedestrian-only entrance, with new benches and cycle stands, giving a clear path into and out of Wimbledon station.

The upgrades, including a designated taxi rank next to the station, have been paid for by Merton Council, Transport for London (TfL), South West Trains and Network Rail and form part of the wider work currently progressing to improve Wimbledon town centre.

During his visit (right), the Mayor chatted with residents and commuters, as well as the Met's Deputy Borough Commander Supt Peter Dobson.

Merton and Wandsworth London Assembly Member Richard Tracey said: "The new forecourt is a great improvement on its predecessor. Having pedestrian only access to the forecourt is a much needed improvement. Along with the forthcoming improvement to the District Line out of Wimbledon, this great step forwards on the ongoing station improvements that Boris is driving through."

Councillor Debbie Shears also commented: "The traffic situation around the station remains a key concern for us, as works are still ongoing.  It is fantastic to have the new station forecourt with a much better layout for the many local people who use the station every day."

Stephen Hammond, Wimbledon MP, added: "The new station forecourt is a welcome improvements to the area. I particularly want to congratulate the partnership that went into making this take place."

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October 14, 2011