‘Clean all subways’

2018-05-08 06:00

As Friends of Harfield Village Parks in partnership with Metrorail and the local council rolled up their sleeves to clean their railway station, Councillor Ian Iversen revealed the state of all subways in ward 59.

The annual clean-up was organised by the Friends of Harfield Village Park on Sunday 6 May and covered the stretch of land along the Kenilworth to Harfield railway line. Participants collected rubbish, trimmed the grass and pulled up weeds.

Gail Brown, the founder of the clean-up initiative, says she is pleased that the success of the two-hour Harfield clean-up has led to other communities taking up the challenge and cleaning their own sections of the railway line.

“It is a great lesson in how we can all make a difference if we have a common goal and we work together,” Brown says.

According to Iversen, the targeted railway lines are less of a problem as the community is doing a great job in keeping them in good condition.

The report reveals that more needs to be done in many of the subways, which are mostly under the ownership of Metrorail.

“Every subway needs an information board with phone numbers to report cleansing issues, graffiti, damaged lights and other problems. I would encourage residents to report these matters to Metrorail or directly to me and I will take the matter up.”

Iversen emphasises that although authorities should be held liable for their responsibilities, the community also has to play their part.

He says Kenilworth and Harfield are a good example of the fact that with community involvement, positive results can be achieved.

He says: “The Kenilworth subway and the surrounding area is a good example of community involvement. Local residents paint over any graffiti and keep Metrorail on their toes about litter and homeless people setting up camp in the area. I would encourage other local communities to also take ownership of the subways in their area.”

According to his report these are the only two subways in good condition out of seven subways in ward 59.

He says due to poor maintenance and lack of safety, some subways have had to be closed, including the Claremont subway, which he says used to connect to a platform, “but that link was closed. The municipality advised Metrorail that they would take over management of the subway but first of all Metrorail had to address all maintenance issues. They have never done this.

“The Claremont Palmyra and CBD subway is a total disaster. The subway is flooded and every single light fitting has been destroyed. It is difficult to believe that Metrorail officials are not aware of the condition of this well-used subway. I alerted Metrorail to address this matter. There are huge numbers of pedestrians who use this subway, especially in the mornings and late afternoons. I have heard that plus 2000 people use the subway during peak periods.”

Other subways that have been closed are the Draper Street subway and the College to St Andrew’s roads subway.

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