Wandsworth Common's railway bridge has been used for decades by commuters, pedestrians, railway users and families accessing the common and Wandsworth common station.
Sadiq Khan, the MP for the area, said: “because it is so well-used and provides a safe and convenient route between the common and the station, I was concerned to hear from a local resident that signs had gone up claiming the bridge was not a public right of way”.
Mr Khan contacted Southern Railway and requested that an immediate halt be made to any attempts to close the bridge. Southern Railway confirmed that it had planned to close the bridge to the public in order to install ticket barriers to prevent fare dodging.
Sadiq Khan said: “after all this time, even if it didn’t start out as a formal public right of way, that is almost certainly what it has become”, adding, “it shouldn’t be possible to simply close a well-used route without consulting the community first and exploring alternative solutions to the problem of fare dodging.”
"I am very pleased to see that Southern Railways listened and took swift action to halt the closure and that the bridge is now open again allowing families and commuters safe access to the Common and the station. Thanks must also go to local resident Mark Solon for alerting his elected representatives to the problem".