Final campaign push as transport plans released

i Jan 29th 2015 12:21pm See all News

There is still time to get your submission in as part of the WRITE NOW! campaign in support of the Wimbledon community stadium application.

The statutory deadline expires next Monday 2nd February and it remains especially crucial for the council to hear from as many local residents who support the application as possible.

So keep writing and please do everything you can to convince other sympathetic local residents to do the same.

The club published a detailed update and explanation of their transport proposals yesterday.

Here’s club chief executive Erik Samuelson’s view:

“One of the most important issues relating to the new stadium is about how we get supporters to and from the venue efficiently on match days. Our consultants have carried out a large amount of work on this by liaising with Transport for London and the boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth during the last two years.

“Although there are still some issues to be resolved, we are satisfied that the work has demonstrated we can deal efficiently with the number of supporters needing to use public transport and issues to do with parking.  Furthermore, based on our research, TfL have confirmed that underground services are likely to be able to accommodate the anticipated demand while Network Rail has confirmed that they have no objection to the development.

“With five rail stations (on two different underground lines and two different overground lines) within a distance from the Plough Lane site that football fans are generally willing to walk, we believe the stadium will be better served for public transport than any other stadium in London.”

If you live near the stadium or if local people you talk to want to know more about the proposals, you may also be interested to know that the London Boroughs of Merton and Wandsworth have arranged public forum meetings for local residents and businesses. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the project team to explain the proposals and answer questions regarding the planning application.

Wandsworth meeting:

When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Monday 2 February

Where:  Drama Hall, Burntwood School, Burntwood Lane, SW17 0AQ.

Merton meeting:

When: 7pm to 8.30pm, Wednesday 11 February

Where:  Main Hall, Ricards Lodge High School, Lake Road, SW19 7HB.