New lease of life for new look Earlsfield railway bridges

Published: Friday 12th October 18

Earlsfield Station’s two railway bridges have been given a much-needed facelift.

The bridges have been cleaned and repainted in an attractive heritage-style railway green – and at the council’s request – the name of the station has been stencilled on both bridges to recreate their original Victorian-era appearance.

And now that the re-painting is complete, new pigeon proof netting is being installed underneath both structures to protect pedestrians underneath.

The work has been carried out by Network Rail at the culmination of a long-standing campaign to smarten the bridges, which are a prominent landmark feature in this part of the borough..

To help get the project off the ground the council provided £100,000 towards the overall cost of the scheme.

Wandsworth’s transport spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “These bridges certainly look a lot better than they did before and that is a real boost for the street-scene in this central part of Earlsfield.

“This was something we had long wanted to see which is why we contributed a significant sum towards the refurbishment costs. I think this investment will give the area a real boost.”

“And now that the painting has finished, we look forward to the pigeon proofing  being upgraded so that pedestrians and cyclists don’t have to run the gauntlet of being hit by something unpleasant from up above as they travel underneath.”

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Recent comments

Looks good in the photo. Was the colour scheme inspired by the refurbished Battersea railway bridge over the Thames? I wish someone would decide on a new colour scheme for the Albert Bridge. That awful wishy-washy blue with many coloured highlights. It's dreadful.
A

15 October 2018

Its all verywell doing the painting but what about protecting us pedestrians from the rain that pours from the railway tracks above, get onto networkrail to get it done. To get a meeting to get this sorted it is unhealthy.
j.kimber

14 October 2018

Great job! Looks really terrific.
Susan Mary Jones

14 October 2018

A coat of paint - nothing mentioned about the age of the bridge and it it is still safe - a better use of our money would be the maintenance of the bridges.
Liz

14 October 2018

1) I've never known the pigeon population to suffer at all as a result of so-called "pigeon-proof netting". They just have extra protection for their young chicks, who would otherwise fall into the road. Soon, the good people of Earlsfield will have the joy of peering up at pigeon carcasses suspended in the netting for months at a time. 2) We currently have the words: "10-FOOT FLASH" written in graffit across a railway bridge near East Putney Station. I wonder how long it will be before the railway bridge at Earlsfield is disfigured in the same way. It would be nice if the council spent some money removing graffiti from our bridges.
Alison

13 October 2018

The scheme looks great. Let’s hope this will be the first of many railway bridge makeovers. The worst one out of all is the Falcon Road railway bridge, a total eyesore and in desperate need of a massive overhaul.
Stephan Kofler

12 October 2018

The scheme looks great. Let’s hope this will be the first of many railway bridge makeovers. The worst one out of all is the Falcon Road railway bridge, a total eyesore and in desperate need of a massive overhaul.
Stephan Kofler

12 October 2018