Railside Memorial 'Neglected' By Network Rail

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 107 months ago
Railside Memorial 'Neglected' By Network Rail

by Ronski
Only weeks after the 7/7 sculpture in Hyde Park was unveiled, it has been claimed that a memorial garden built to honour the dead in a previous tragedy on the transport network has been left neglected. A garden near Spencer Park in Battersea, planted in memory of the 35 killed in the Clapham rail crash on 12th December 1988 when three trains collided just south of Clapham Junction, is overgrown and strewn with litter and graffiti, according to commuters who use a nearby railway line. Network Rail are entrusted with maintaining the garden, which was installed after a public appeal raised nearly £500,000. They claim to work on it regularly, though how it got to be in such a state between the crash's 20th anniversary in December last year and now is a mystery. The company have said they'll bring the date of the next planned inspection forward.

Last Updated 30 July 2009


I pass this 'garden' on a regular basis on my trips south of the river and it wasn't until quite recently that I realised what it was. I thought it was yet another piece of waste land by the railway.

Not a good memorial.